PhD Course: Early Modern Philosophy of Mind 3.3. - 12.3.2014

  • Date Mar 03, 2014 12:00 PM to Mar 12, 2014 02:00 PM (Europe/Helsinki / UTC200)
  • Location Y33 - 135
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Early modern philosophy of mind stands out due to two paradigmatic shifts. First, the topic of consciousness begins to take centre stage in that Cartesians propagate it as a new mark of the mental. Second, the theory of ideas replaces the Aristotelian account of intentionality in terms of species. The aim of the course is to trace the development of conceptions of consciousness and ideas in early modern philosophy. In order to do so, we will take a close look at the respective accounts presented by René Descartes, John Locke, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and Thomas Reid. Whereas the first three authors are proponents of the “new way of ideas”, Reid develops severe objections to it. The course will involve pre-reading some primary and secondary material, active participation, and writing a final essay.

Vili Lähteenmäki and Christian Barth