PHIL 131: History of Modern Philosophy

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2022
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 54
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 108
District General Education: C2. Humanities
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

A study of selected works in the modern period of philosophy in the Western tradition (1600-1800), including major figures from Descartes to Immanuel Kant. 54 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • read and understand philosophical texts by several major figures in the history of modern philosophy
  • discuss the meaning of philosophical texts
  • evaluate philosophical arguments contained in a philosophical text
  • write a persuasive essay on a philosophical thesis inspired by reading of a philosophical text

Major Course Content

  1. An historical approach to philosophy
    1. medieval philosophy
    2. modern philosophy
  2. The views of major figures in modern philosophy
    1. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
    2. Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
    3. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
    4. Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677)
    5. John Locke (1632-1704)
    6. Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716)
    7. George Berkeley (1685-1753)
    8. David Hume (1711-1776)
    9. Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
    10. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Short essays Final essay exam
Example of an essay prompt:
How does Berkeley criticize Locke's distinction between primary qualities and secondary qualities?

Examples of Outside Assignments

Readings from the texts Homework assignments to demonstrate reading comprehension Example:
Read the introduction of the required text, "Bacon to Kant." Write a short essay in which you contrast the approach of the medieval period with the approach of the modern period in philosophy.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture

IGETC Area 3: Arts and Humanities

3B. Humanities