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PHL300BB(哲学 / Philosophy 300)
Special Lecture on Philosophy (3)-1

Masato SATO

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Faculty/Graduate school Faculty of Letters
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Year 2023
Class code A2216
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 木3/Thu.3
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Campus 市ヶ谷
Classroom name 市Y‐Y501
Grade 2~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes) 2~4
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Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Category 哲学科
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This lecture examines one of the most difficult problems of Descartes' philosophy, the theory of the union of mind and body and the passions, by contrasting it with ancient (Stoics), medieval (Thomas Aquinas), and early modern (Spinoza) theories.
By reading the relevant writings, we will clarify what Descartes was aiming for in his late theory of the passions, which was the final destination of his philosophy, and finally, examine Spinoza's theory of the passions as a critical response to the challenges left behind by Descartes' philosophy.

Students are expected by the end of the course 1) to understand precisely the contents of the Cartesian theory of morals and passions in comparison with Scholastic philosophy, 2) to find their own questions in it, search for answers and deepen their understanding and consideration through discussions with others, 3) to construct their arguments logically through readings and discussions, and 4) to explain them clearly in their own words.
Before each class meeting, students are to read carefully the relevant text of the next class and summarize what the text is arguing for. The group or individual in charge of the presentation of the day is to prepare a resume to be distributed. Required study time is two hours each before and after the class.
The grade will be decided on the following proportion. In-class contribution: 25%, Term-end examination or report: 75%.

Default language used in class

日本語 / Japanese