Undergraduate Program Status
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The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the principal metaphysical works of Spinoza and Leibniz. In doing this we aim to understand the positions and arguments of these philosophers as well the broader philosophical context in which they are situated.
At the completion of their work for this course, students will be able to present, with a minimum of jargon, the central claims of a historically significant philosopher so that it is clear to a thoughtful non-specialist what these claims mean; provide textual evidence that their interpretation is accurate; and evaluate the position arguments for cogency and persuasiveness.