Courses & Units

Foundations of Modern Philosophy HPH202

Hobart, Launceston


This unit surveys the main Western philosophical traditions from the Renaissance up to the 19th century. At the centre stand the metaphysical and epistemological systems of the Rationalists (Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz) and the Empiricists (Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume), as well as the Criticism of Kant and some of his successors such as, for example, Fichte, or Schelling, and Hegel. Students are also introduced to in-depth, analytical readings and discussions of complete and/or select parts of seminal works of the period. This is done with a constant eye to contemporary discussions in epistemology and metaphysics.

While the unit builds on and deepens the knowledge base from HPH101 and HPH102 and constitutes a pathway into the third year units in philosophy, especially HPH 308, it is also an ideal unit for the generally interested student intent on rounding out and increasing overall competence and skills necessary for the effective participation in contemporary scientific, cultural, social, and political debates.


Unit name Foundations of Modern Philosophy
Unit code HPH202
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr Suzy Bliss

Teaching staff

Dr. Suzy Bliss, Dr. James Chase, Dr. Graham Wood

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,561.00 091701

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPA268, HPA368


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:        2 X 1hr lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly (13 wks)

Off Campus:        web-based delivery (13 wks)


3,000 word internal assessment (60%), take home exam submitted by MyLo (40%)

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