An introduction to the period of thought which sought to give observation a more central role in our account of knowledge than it had previously been given. The approach marks a pivotal move toward the "scientific" ways of conceiving of knowledge that currently dominate North American thought. Studied authors include John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. Highlights include Locke's distinction between primary and secondary qualities, Berkeley's arguments for Idealism, and Hume's famous argument against Induction.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.