17th and 18th century British philosophy introduced a profound shift in how
philosophers and scientists understood themselves, the natural world, society, politics, and culture. The new, Newtonian science altered their sense of the place of humans in the natural world and the scope of what could be studied scientifically. Social, political, and economic changes motived new conceptions of human nature, culture, and society. And because Britain was an Empire, the theories developed in the 17th and 18th centuries on this island remain embedded in the way many people and cultures understand themselves and the natural world to this day.
Prerequisites: one course in Philosophy at the 300-level, graduate standing, or permission of the instructor.
Course Attributes: BU Hum; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM; EN H