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From Doubting in Dreams, to a Divine Nature & Possible Worlds…

About the Instructor

Lisa Widdison holds degrees from UCLA and UH Mānoa and conducts research in Sanskrit Aesthetics, Indian Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge  and Philosophy of Emotions. She also teaches: The History of Philosophy, World Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, and Ethics.

For inquiries: email lisa888@hawaii.edu.

Summer 2

Introduction to the history of philosophy based on texts or translations of “modern” works; that is, works originally written in a modern European language and spanning the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Topics will include: Systematic Doubting, Metaphysics (“First Philosophy”), Emotions (“Passions of the Soul”), and the theories of Ideas held by Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz.

Students will learn to critique their own beliefs in writing. Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy will change the way you see the world. Spinoza’s Ethics will change the way you live your life. Leibniz will teach you to build a system of philosophy, Kant to think for yourself. All in all, these “Rationalists” philosophers will leave you with knowledge of your own reasons, emotions, dreams, and reality.

Fulfills the general education requirement: History for Philosophy majors. No prerequisite needed.

Updated 12/04/2020