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Course module: FRRMV16010
Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
Course infoSchedule
Course codeFRRMV16010
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Filosofie en Religiewetenschap RMA;
Contact persondr. S.C.A. Meijns
dr. S.C.A. Meijns
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Contactperson for the course
dr. S.C.A. Meijns
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Teaching period
1  (07/09/2016 to 11/11/2016)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotA: MON-morning, TUE-afternoon, WED-morning
Study mode
RemarkCounts towards the fulfillment of the “Topics Seminar” requirement for RMA Philosophy students.
Enrolment periodfrom 22/08/2016 09:00 up to and including 23/08/2016 23:59
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
The intended purpose of this Topics Seminar is for the participating student  (1) to become familiar with positions taken in the current debates over the specific topic area of the course; (2) to appreciate the arguments for and against the positions; and (3) to develop an independent judgment about the most promising approach in this area.  Specifically the course aims to provide:
·         a general overview over key thinkers and themes from the early modern period (16th – 18th centuries);
·         an advanced understanding of the topic as developed and discussed by philosophers from this period; and
·         a contextualization of the philosophical discussions of this period.
This “Topics Seminar” explores in depth various texts related to a topic in the philosophy of the early modern period that includes such philosophers as Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume as well as their underappreciated contemporaries. 

This course is for Students History and Philosophy of Science, RMA Philosophy. Students of other MA-programmes, please contact the Course Coordinator.  

Interested M.A. exchange students with a strong background in philosophy may qualify to take the course; however, they should first contact the RMA Philosophy coordinator:
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Broad familiarity with undergraduate-level work in the areas covered in the course. Students from outside the RMA programme who have not completed MA or advanced undergraduate courses in this area should consult the instructor before enrolling.
Private study materials
Will be made available via Blackboard.
Required materials
Instructional formats

Active participation
Test weight0
Minimum grade-

Test weight30
Minimum grade-

The assignment or examination is assessed for demonstrating understanding of the texts, skills of critical argumentation, and written
communication skills. The final paper is assessed for the quality of the research question, cogency of the argumentation, clarity of written expression, and demonstrated ability to relate the analysis to a clear understanding of the texts for the course.

A written assignment, take-home examination, or in-class examination is due half-way through the term, and a final paper is due in week 9.

Test weight70
Minimum grade-

Presentations: Organization of the material, understanding of the text, form of the presentation. Paper: research question, argumentation, embedding in the relevant literature

Deadline paper: in week 9 of the term

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