Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School School of Letters
Lecture Code BA203001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 哲学概論 I
Subject Name
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General Introduction to Philosophy I
ゴトウ ヒロシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Mon3-4,Fri3-4:LET B104
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Philosophy
Eligible Students 2Year
Keywords Modern western Philosophy, Epistemology, Theory of Truth 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Philosophy and Thought
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Basic understanding of Philosophy and Thoughts (including Liberal Arts Education)
・Acquisition of basic knowledge about Philosophy and Thoughts

Secondary School Social Studies/Geography/History/Civic Education
(Abilities and Skills)
・To be able to collect, understand, analyze, and evaluate data and materials about studies related to social science.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・To be able to summarize the outcome of research, studies, education practice and social activities, and to deliver presentations. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Students taking this cource will learn the history of modern western philosophy from Continental Rationalism and Empirism to Kant with special regard to the topics: Substance, Causality/Freedom, Selfidentity. 
Class Schedule lesson1 What is modern?
lesson2 Typology of positions in Epistemology and Theory of Truth
lesson3 Continental Rationalism (1) Fundation of Substance and Sciences by Descartes
lesson4 Continental Rationalism (2) logical/causal necessity and the best world in Spinoza
lesson5 Continental Rationalism (3) causal necessity, contingency
and freedom in Leibniz
lesson6 English Empirism (1) The Limit of Nominalization of Substance in Locke
lesson7 English Empirism (2) Try to dissolve Substance in Hume
lesson8 Topic: Various Positions about Selfidentity (1)
lesson9 Topic: Various Positions about Selfidentity (2)
lesson10 Topic: Possibility of mediation between Freedom and Causality (1)
lesson11 Topic: Possibility of mediation between Freedom and Causality (2)
Texts about the selected Topics 
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Preparation and
Lesson1: Students are required to do their own research on what modernity is.
Lesson 2: Review the various views of cognition and truth to grasp the pros and cons of each view.
Lesson 3-14: Review the various philosophers' positions on the topics to be discussed so that you can grasp the merits and demerits of each philosopher's position.
Lesson 15: Review for the final exam to understand the organic linkage of the entire class. 
Grading Method eagerness in lesson (20%) and term-end examination (60%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
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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