Courses: Science&Morality in Modernity (PHILB102001)

Spring 2013

Class Number: 1258
In this course, we explore answers to fundamental questions about the nature of the world and our place in it by examining the works of some of the central figures in modern western philosophy. Can we obtain knowledge of the world and, if so, how? Does God exist? What is the nature of the self? How do we determine morally right answers? What sorts of policies and political structures can best promote justice and equality? These questions were addressed in “modern” Europe in the context of the development of modern science and the religious wars. In a time of globalization we are all, more or less, heirs of the Enlightenment which sees its legacy to be modern science and the mastery of nature together with democracy and human rights. This course explores the above questions and considers them in their historical context. Some of the philosophers considered include Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, and Wollstonecraft.
Div: III; Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP), Critical Interpretation (CI); Haverford: Humanities (HU)

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1258 Div: III; IP;CI;


Philosophy (Web site)

Taught By

Vitale,Sarah E.

Meeting Times

TTH 2:15pm-3:45pm