Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2053: History of Philosophy

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Kirsten Walsh (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Early Modern Philosophers contributed to huge advances in science and technology, while at the same time witnessing, and sometimes causing, political and social upheaval on a grand scale. In this module, we shall track the philosophical thoughts and motivations behind some of these advances and upheavals. We shall proceed via a close reading of primary texts, drawing on additional material by scholars, background material and influential responses. This module is structured around problems and topics of inquiry, rather than around particular philosophers. In this way, we shall become familiar with the writings of influential philosophers such as (but not necessarily) Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Rousseau and Leibniz, while also examining the less well-known philosophical ideas of figures such as Anne Conway, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Margaret Cavendish, Damaris Cudworth Masham and Robert Hooke.

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