LPHI

3111

Descartes

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Descartes

Fall 2019

Taught By: Omri Boehm

Section: A

CRN: 7034

Credits: 4

If there is a consensus in philosophy, it is that Cartesianism is false and harmful: analytic and continental thinkers agree about this, as do feminists, Marxists and cognitive scientists. It is agreed that the Cartesian subject—this lonely, cold and rationalistic ‘thinking thing’—must be overcome, together with the Christian baggage of dualism, transcendence and foundationalism. The aim of this course is to elaborate a comprehensive re-reading (and rehabilitation) of Descartes. We will consider the possibility that not thought, but freedom, is for Descartes human essence; that he views rationalism as grounded in passion; and that virtue ethics, as well as a political revolution, is the aim of his thought—not epistemology or certain science. In elaborating this alternative reading, we will address not only the prevalent post-modern objections to Descartes but also the questions inherent to his thought: Radical Doubt, the Cogito, the Mind-Body Problem, the Cartesian Circle, the Ontological Argument, etc.The class will be structured as a close reading of the Meditations, with extensive excursions to other Cartesian/external texts.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:41am 5/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019