History of Philosophy II:
Modern and Contemporary
PHIL 303

Home Page -- Spring 2004

This page was last revised January 28, 2004.

If you wish this to be kept up to date, please contact Dr. Garrett

Instructor: Dr. Jan Garrett

A. Basic Materials
B. Especially Relevant Lectures and Other Teaching Materials by Dr. Garrett
C. Study Questions Composed by Dr. Garrett
D. Argument Analysis, Reconstruction, and Evaluation
E. Reviews for Exams
F. Links to Required Reading
G. Other Resources for Which Dr. Garrett Is Responsible
H. Online Resources (Collections of Primary Sources)
I. Other Online Resources (Specific Philosophers and Articles about Them)

A. Basic Materials, including Writing Assignments

1. Syllabus Spring 2004 (copy given out in class may supersede.)

2. Prof. Joe Glaser's Webpage on Plagiarism

3. Intellectual Development in Three Stages (8-20-03)

4. WKU Library Philosophy Research Ghuide

5. For Argument Analysis Assignment, see Section C below.

6. First Major Paper Assignment (date)

7. Second Major Paper Assignment (date)

B. Especially Relevant Lectures
and Other Teaching Materials Composed by Dr. Garrett

1. The Philosophical Background to Modern Philosophy (new 1-9-04)

2. The Scientific Background of the Rise of Modern Philosophy (new 1-16-04)

3. Cartesian Glossary (Definitions of Key Cartesian Terms) (New: 1-23-04)

4. The Mind-Body Problem from Descartes to Hume (New: 1-28-04)

C. Study Questions Composed by Dr. Garrett

1. Study Questions on Descartes' Meditations (draft available 11-17-03)

2. Study Questions on Locke's Essay (draft available 12-01-03)

3. Study Questions on Hume's Inquiry (not yet available)

4. Study Guide on Kant's Prolegomena (draft available 1-9-04)

5. Study Questions on Dewey's Reconstruction (not yet available)

D. Argument Analysis, Reconstruction, and Evaluation

(This section is a new arrangement as of 9-5-03)

1. Argument Analysis Assignment (draft new: 1-12-04)

2. Preliminary Argument Analysis

3. Examples of Argument Analysis (and Reconstruction)

     a. Thrasymachus' First Argument
     b. Descartes on Knowing the Essence of a Physical Thing (New: 1-11-04)
     c. The Main Arguments in the Crito (10-03)
     d. Glaucon's Speech in Rep. II (10-03)

4a. Constructing an Argument: Finding the Middle Term

4b. Constructing Arguments: Hypothesis, Conditionalizing, and Generalization
     (new: 9-15-03)

5. Evaluating Arguments (New link: 9-2-03)

6. Explanations, Predictions, and Arguments (added 9-12-03)

E. Reviews for Exams

1. Review for Midterm

2. Review for Final Exam (plus Take-Home Section)

F. Links to Required Reading

1. The Communist Manifesto (1848)

2. Jean-Paul Sartre, "Existentialism Is a Humanism" (1946)

G. Other Resources for Which I Am Responsible

1. Spinoza on Value Predicates (1975)

2. John Locke on Reason and Faith

3. Kant's Duty Ethics

4. Utilitarianism: Some Basic Observations

5. John Dewey on Ethics

6. John Rawls' Theory of Justice

7. Rawls' Mature Theory of Social Justice

H. Online Resources (with General Collections of Primary Sources)

1. Texts of Major Modern European Philosophers through early 19th century

2. G. M. Ross, History of Modern Philosophy Site

I. Other Online Resources (Specific Articles)

1. Rene Descartes (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) (scroll down to "Descartes")

2. Descartes' Correspondence with Princess Elizabeth

3. Thomas Hobbes texts
     Epistemelinks on Hobbes
     Hobbes' Moral and Political Philosophy (Internet Encyclopediai)

4. Baruch Spinoza (Stanford Encyclopedia)
     Studia Spinoziana

5. Gottfried von Leibniz (Stanford Encyclopedia) (scroll down)

6. John Locke (Stanford Encyclopedia)

7. George Berkeley (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

8. David Hume (Stanford Encyclopedia)

9. Kant on the Web.

10. G. W. F. Hegel (Stanford Encyclopedia)

11. Karl Marx (Stanford Encyclopedia)
     Marx-Engels Internet Archive

12. Friedrich Nietzsche (Stanford Encyclopedia)

13. The John Dewey Center at Southern Illinois University

14. A. N. Whitehead (Stanford Encyclopedia)

15. Ludwig Wittgenstein (Stanford Encyclopedia)

16. Karl Popper (Stanford Encyclopedia)

17. John Rawls materials on Line