History of Early Modern Philosophy

Course Code :2041FLWFIL
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):280
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Willem Lemmens
Sonja Lavaert
Gertrudis Van de Vijver

3. Course contents *

The seminar consists of a series of 5 meetings in the first and second semester of the academic year, with the aim to develop discussion and exchange of ideas on themes or primary key texts of 17th and 18th century philosophy. Each seminar is prepared by one of the attendees (this can be the course tutor, post-doctoral researcher or a PhD student enrolled for the seminar). A preliminary text or paper is recommended, but not obligatory. The seminars are organized in the afternoon, from 2 PM till 4.30/5 PM (see below).

This is the first year the joint Research Master is organized. The following years, the aim for this seminar will be to attract doctoral students who do active research on early modern philosophy. For these PhD students the program will be more extensive than the 5 seminar meetings and will also consist of tutorials organized by the tutors. The specific requisites and assessment method for these extra tutorials shall be developed by the tutors: it could consist of a reading task and writing of a paper under supervision of one of the course tutors at the host university where the student is enrolled.

1st semester (Fall 2017)

Friday, October 13: Delphine Bellis: ‘17th-century theories of space from Descartes to Newton (with some Hobbes, Gassendi, Henry More, Leibniz and Malebranche)’

Friday, November 10: Sonja Lavaert: ‘The role of the one substance-ontology and the concept of God in Spinoza’s political theory as developed in the Political Treatise’

Friday, December 15: Esther Kroeker: ‘Moral philosophy and Scottish Enlightenment’


2nd semester (Spring 2018)

Friday, February 9: Alissa MacMillan: ‘Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau: politics and religion’

 Friday, March 9: Boris Desmarest / Charles Wolfe: ‘Matter and Force in 18th century’