Great Modern Philosophers
An introduction to some of the key elements in the thought of some of the great philosophers of the modern period of western philosophy: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Marx, and Wittgenstein.
The modern period of western philosophy begins in the 17th century.
This course is an an introduction to some of the key elements in the thought of some of the great philosophers of this period.
They are Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Marx, and Wittgenstein.
It also begins to consider their thought in a wider philosophical context.
It does not assume any prior specialist knowledge.
Classes consist of lectures and discussion.
Term Starts: 26th April
All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.
There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information.
Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.
Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Course Fee: £170.00
Take this course for CATS Points: £10.00
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Dr Karim Esmail
Educated at Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard. Gregg Bury Prize, Cambridge. Formerly, Research Fellow,Oxford & Visiting Fellow, Harvard & Burney Student,Cambridge. He has published internationally. He is a Course Director & Tutor, Cambridge Uni.
1. To provide an understanding of some of the key elements in the thought of some of the great philosophers of the modern period in western philosophy.
2. To begin to provide some understanding of their thought in a wider philosophical context.
Classes will take plece once a week over 10 weeks.
Classes will consist principally of lectures.
1. Have an understanding of some of the key elements in the thought of some of the great philosophers of the modern period in western philosophy.
2. Begin to have some understanding of their thought in a wider philosophical context.
Option A: Three very short (c. 500 words each) pieces of written work.
Option B: One short essay (c. 1,500 words). (Students will be asked to provide a very short plan for an essay in this case.)
Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form with any piece of work that is part of the assessment criteria. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.
Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.
Level and demands
Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course
Sources of funding
Information on financial support