PHIL 33 -- Philosophy in the Age of Enlightenment
Spring 2009


Clinton Tolley
   office:   HSS 8061
   hours:   Weds, 2:30-4:30pm
   phone:  2-2686
   email:   ctolley [at]

Teaching Assistants:  

Nate Rockwood
   office:   HSS 8089
   hours:  Mon, 2-4pm
   phone:  ---
   email:   film_guru_1 [at]

Tim Jankowiak
   office:   HSS 8088
   hours:  Mon, 11am-12pm
   phone:  ---
   email:   tjankowi [at]


Time:        Mon/Weds/Fri, 1:00pm-1:50pm
Location:  Cognitive Science Building (CSB) 001 [map]

Discussion sections:
                   Thurs, 9-9:50am, Philosophy dept seminar room (HSS 7077)
                   Fri, 12-12:50pm, Pepper Canyon Hall 121

Required textbooks

Readings in Modern Philosophy, Vol. 2:
Locke, Berkeley, Hume and associated texts
eds., Roger Ariew & Eric Watkins  (Hackett, 2000)  [info]

Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics
Immanuel Kant
2nd edition, J. Ellington, ed. (Hackett, 2002) [info]

{available at Groundwork Books}

Course description

from the catalog:

A survey of the major philosophers of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with a focus on the British empiricists—Locke, Berkeley, and Hume—and the critical philosophy of Kant.

(Note: Phil 33 may be used to fulfill the Muir College breadth requirement.)

Course requirements

{a more detailed description of the requirements will be found at WebCT.}

Weekly questionnaires
Take-home open-book mid-term exam
In-class closed-book final exam

Schedule of readings

{A more detailed schedule can be found at WebCT.}

Locke, An Essay concerning Human Understanding
Berkeley, A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
Kant, Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics

Reference links

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries (requires sign-in)

John Locke
George Berkeley
David Hume
Immanuel Kant

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries

John Locke
George Berkeley
David Hume
Immanuel Kant's philosophical development

For students who haven't taken a course in philosophy before, Simon Blackburn's Think (Oxford, 1999) is a short and very readable text that gives a nice introduction to what philosophy is and what philosophical thinking and writing is like.

Course URL

last updated: April 26th, 2009