Part II. Modern Philosophy: Descartes, Hume, and Kant
The in-class exam will count as 10% of your final grade, and the short
paper will count as 10% of your final grade. On the date listed on
the syllabus, an in-class exam will be given on class lectures and on the
readings. This exam will be composed of objective sections. At
the time of the exam, you are to turn in your short paper on this material.
(A make-up exam will be given only for highly extenuating circumstances and
will be considerably more difficult.)
The objective portion of the exam will include matching, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and true or false sections. To review for this portion of the exam be familiar with the topics listed below (shown as overheads in class and available under study guides in course materials on web) and with the reading with which they correlate.
Descartes, Meditations I-III
Descartes, Meditations IV-VI
Hume's Analysis of Cause
Hume's Relations of Ideas and Matters of Fact and Analysis of Miracles
Kant's Concepts of "Will" and "Duty
Kant's Hypothetical and Categorical Imperatives
In the overheads and text, be especially familiar with the following:
Descartes's various distinctions between mind and matter
Descartes's various distinctions between imagination and conception
Hume's various distinctions between relations of ideas and matters of fact
Hume's critique of the concept of cause in the new science (classical physics)
Kant's characterizations of will and duty
Kant's various distinctions self and others as means and ends in morality
The Short Paper will repond to three of the questions below, more specifically to one of the questions on Descartes, one of questions on Hume, and one of the questions on Kant. Each response is to be approximately 300 words. Points will be deducted for papers with fewer than 800 total word or more than 1,000 total words. You are to provide a word count for each response and for the total Short Paper. In your responses, write in your own words and aim to be accurate, relevant, and clear.