Substance, Ancient and Modern

PHIL 2110L S01 [CRN: 24515]

What exists? What entities are fundamental and for what reasons? Aristotle devoted the Categories and central books of the Metaphysics to these questions. 17th-century philosophers, while rejecting much of Aristotle's world-picture, in many cases kept a place for a notion of Substance. In Descartes it is a crucial part of his dualism; Locke (in early Drafts for the Essay) rejects the notion--much as Hume will do--but later finds that he cannot do without it. We will do a careful reading of central parts of Aristotle's Metaphysics, and then parts of Descartes, Locke, Hume and others.
Spring 2018
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17:40 - 20:10 Wed - from Jan 24, 2018 to May 18, 2018
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