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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3126: Hidden Voices in Early Modern Philosophy

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some of the following topics:


1)     Gender and the Philosophical Canon.


2)     Margaret Cavendish and The Blazing World.


3)     Anne Conway and Principles of Ancient and Modern Philosophy


4)     Emilie Du Chatelet and Physical Institutions


5)     Mary Astell and A Serious Proposal to the Ladies


6)     Catharine Trotter Cockburn and A Defense of Mr. Locke’s Essay of Human Understanding


7)     Lady Mary Shepherd and Essays on the Perception of an External Universe

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Weekly 2-hour lectures/seminars or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar
Guided Independent Study45Preparation for lectures and tutorial participation including reading, and preparing reading reports and answers to tutorial questions.
Guided Independent Study83Independent research for the first and final essays.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages