History of Philosophy A

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 20293

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

This module, combined with History of Philosophy B, introduces students to two of the great figures in the history of philosophy and through their best works also to several important philosophical topics. History of Philosophy A focuses on René Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy while History of Philosophy B is devoted to David Hume’s philosophy.
The module will of course investigate Descartes’ best known arguments such as the evil deceiver argument and the Cogito Ergo Sum argument. Some of the other topics of the Meditations which we will cover on the History of Philosophy A module include scepticism and certainty, the nature of mind and matter, freedom of the will, and the arguments for the existence of God. Because of this, the module will not only provide an introduction to Descartes’ own work but also to philosophy more generally.

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly lectures and biweekly seminars