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Descartes

Semester and Year SP 2017
Course Number IDSEM-UG1904
Section 001
Instructor Andrea Gadberry
Days W
Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 2
Level U
Foundation Requirement   HUM, EARLY

Notes/Restrictions

Course meets during the last seven weeks only, First Class: March 22; Last Class: May 3.

Description

This course is a seven-week introduction to the major philosophical works of René Descartes (1596-1650). As we read Descartes’ writing, we will study some of the concepts his work is best known for, among them, radical doubt, mind-body dualism, and the “I” created by his famous formula  cogito ergo sum , or “I think therefore I am.” We will take an interdisciplinary approach to our study of Descartes, valuing careful close readings of the texts and putting Descartes’ thought in conversation with literary works of the period (Calderón and Shakespeare, for instance). At the same time, we will look ahead to some of Descartes’ more recent interlocutors, examining the debates of twentieth-century thinkers responding to Cartesian questions.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)