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Classics in Western Philosophy

Course Summary

This course is based on 24.01 Classics in Western Philosophy, Spring 2006 made available by Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course will introduce you to the Western philosophical tradition, through the study of major figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant. You will get to grips with questions that have been significant to philosophy from its beginnings: questions about the nature of the mind or soul, the existence of God, the foundations of knowledge, ethics and the good life. In the process of evaluating the arguments of these philosophers, you will develop your own philosophical and analytical skills. You will also observe changes of intellectual outlook over time, and the effect of scientific, religious and political concerns on the development of philosophical ideas.

Reading Material

1. Classics of Philosophy
Pojman, Louis P., ed. Classics of Philosophy. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN: 0195148932. This anthology contains all the readings for the course.

Course Material

1. Study Guide to Descartes' Meditations
Langton, Rae. Study Guide to Descartes' Meditations. - The guide aims to elucidate key ideas in Descartes' Meditations in a discursive manner, and is therefore more easily accessible for the student.

Other Resources

1. Apology
Plato, Apology, Translated with an introduction by Benjamin Jowett, eBooks@Adelaide, 2006
(The entire book is available online at the link above.)

2. Phaedo
Plato, Phaedo, Translated with an introduction by Benjamin Jowett, eBooks@Adelaide, 2004
(The entire book is available online at the link above.)

3. On the Soul
Aristotle, On the Soul, Translated by J. A. Smith, , eBooks@Adelaide, 2007
(The entire book is available online at the link above.)

4. Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Translated by W. D. Ross, eBooks@Adelaide, 2006 (The entire book is available online at the link above.)

5. Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy
Rene Descartes, Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Publisher: Forgotten Books, ISBN: 9781605069722
(Click the button below to access the entire book online)


6. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Publisher: Forgotten Books, ISBN 9781605069784
(Click the button below to access the entire book online)


7. Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals
Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, Publisher: Forgotten Books, ISBN: 9781605069845
(Click the button below to access the entire book online)


8. The Problems of Philosophy
Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy, Project Gutenberg, Release date: 2004 (The entire book is available online at the link above.)

9. Existentialism is a Humanism (condensed edition)
The Condensed Edition of Jean-Paul Sartre Existentialism is a Humanism

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