This course will introduce you to Western philosophy through the 16th to 20th centuries. We will discuss the great thinkers that have shaped the intellectual horizons of Western civilization, including Machiavelli, Descartes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Kant, Nietszche, Schopenhauer, Marx, Comte, Heidegger and Sartre. A number of significant concepts such as Leibnizian monads, Hegelian triads, Kierkegaard's leap of faith, Marxian theory of history, and Nietszchean will to power will be examined. Special attention will be given to the understanding and appreciation of the historical, social, intellectual and scientific dimensions of philosophical thinking.
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