2018-2019 Pitzer Catalog 
    
    May 24, 2019  
2018-2019 Pitzer Catalog
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PHIL 186S PO -Spinoza and Leibniz on Reality


Institution: Pomona

Description: In this course we will investigate some core topics in Western Modern Philosophy by examining the thoughts of Spinoza (1632-1677) and Leibniz (1646-1716). We will be introduced to the central metaphysical, epistemological, and moral claims of Spinoza and Leibniz through reading primary texts. Claims pertaining to the nature and the constitution of reality, the problem of infinity and unity, the existence of non-physical entities, e.g., God, the free will problem, the mind-body Problem, and the theory of causation. We will address questions such as: What is the nature of the universe? Is its existence necessary? Are the laws of nature causally or logically necessary? Do humans exercise free will? What is the relation between God and the universe?

Prerequisite(s): Please check course schedule for requirements.

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