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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 322
Course Title: Modern Philosophy
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Intensive study of treatises by major modern philosophers.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Different instructors may choose different texts depending upon the structure of the course. Some obvious candidates include:

By Descartes (Arete Press)
Essay Concerning Human Understanding
By Locke (Dover Publications)
Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
By Berkeley (Hackett Pub Co)
By Liebniz (Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc)
By Hume (Oxford University Press)
By Hume (Adamant Media Corporation)
Critique of Pure Reason
By Kant (Cambridge University Press)
By Kant (Open Court Publishing Company)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Student critically evaluates philosophical arguments from the modern period for soundness and validity.
  2. Student draws upon a broad familiarity and understanding of the philosophical literature from the modern period in order to pose compelling philosophical questions.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

This course should be one focused on the metaphysical positions of continental rationalism, British empiricism, and Kant’s transcendental idealism.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Mark Price Date: March 17, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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