Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2017Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AHH09001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 比較哲学A
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Comparative Philosophy A
ミヤゾノ ケンゴ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Fri5-8:IAS K309
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 23 : Philosophy
Eligible Students  
Keywords Early Modern Philosophy, Rationalism, Empiricism 
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Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to specify necessary theories and methods for consideration of issues.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The general ability to discover issues based on the ethics in research and subjective intellectual interests, and make planning to solve them.
・The ability to conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course offers an introduction to the major philosophical works by early modern philosophers (including René Descartes, Baruch Spinoza, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume). Early modern philosophers made significant contribution to the development of western philosophy, and their ideas and arguments are still influential in contemporary philosophical debates. In this year, our focus is on Descartes (in particular, his Meditations on First Philosophy) and Hume (in particular, his An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding ).  
Class Schedule 1 Introduction
2 Descartes 1
3 Descartes 2
4 Descartes 3
5 Hume 1
6 Hume 2
7 Hume 3
8 Conclusion 
There is no required textbook for this course. Suggested readings include;

   R. Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy, online available at [ http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/authors/descartes].
   D. Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, online available at [http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/authors/hume]. 
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Lecture handouts and PowerPoint slides will be downloadable from the course website. 
Grading Method Grading will be based on essays (50%) and classroom contribution (50%). 
Message Anyone with questions or comments is welcome to visit me during my office hours. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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