Modern Philosophy

Spring 2004

Professor: P.D. Magnus

The period in philosophy from Descartes to Kant-- from the mid-17th to the late 18th century-- was dominated by the system of ideas, the assumption that the only objects of direct perception are ideas occurring in our own minds. We'll chart the rise and fall of the system of ideas through the philosophies of René Descartes, George Berkeley, David Hume, Thomas Reid, and Immanuel Kant.