Courses: Science&Morality in Modernity (PHILB102001)

Spring 2014

Class Number: 1319
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: Critical Interpretation (CI), Inquiry into the Past (IP); Haverford: Humanities (HU)
Enrollment Criteria: Freshman; Sophomore; Junior; Senior; Major/Minor/Concentration;

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1319 Div: III; CI;IP;

Department

Philosophy (Web site)

Taught By

Payson,Jessica Brooke

Meeting Times

TTH 2:15pm-3:45pm