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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.

Summary 2020

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

Dr. James Chase, Dr. Ingo Farin

Teaching staff

Dr. James Chase, Dr. Ingo Farin

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



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Learning Outcomes




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 weekly (13 wks)

Off Campus:   web-based delivery (13 wks)


On campus: Tutorial participation (10%); short tasks equivalent to approx. 500 words (10%); 3,000 word essay (50%); take home exam submitted via MyLO (30%)

Off campus: MyLO discussion participation (10%); short tasks equivalent to approx. 500 words (10%); 3,000 word essay (50%); take home exam submitted via MyLO (30%)

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