Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL2053: History of Philosophy
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)
Dr Kirsten Walsh (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
Early Modern Philosophers contributed to huge advances in science and technology, while at the same time witnessing, and sometimes causing, political and social upheaval on a grand scale. In this module, we shall track the philosophical thoughts and motivations behind some of these advances and upheavals. We shall proceed via a close reading of primary texts, drawing on additional material by scholars, background material and influential responses. This module is structured around problems and topics of inquiry, rather than around particular philosophers. In this way, we shall become familiar with the writings of influential philosophers such as (but not necessarily) Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Rousseau and Leibniz, while also examining the less well-known philosophical ideas of figures such as Anne Conway, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Margaret Cavendish, Damaris Cudworth Masham and Robert Hooke.