Undergraduate Course: Renaissance Philosophy (LLLI07008)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled. Renaissance thinkers changed the way we think about ourselves and the world. The dignity of man, the value of the individual, the social contract we make to live with others, and importance of questioning and doubting received opinions ¿ these topics underlie the greatness of Renaissance philosophy, and underpin the great artistic achievements of the period, from Michelangelo to Shakespeare.
Content of course
1. The greatness of the human spirit: Pico della Mirandola¿s ¿Oration on the Dignity of Man¿ (1486)
2. How to rule: Machiavelli¿s The Prince (1513)
3. Scepticism and belief: Erasmus¿ Praise of Folly (1511)
4. Designing a better world: Sir Thomas More¿s Utopia (1515)
5. Scepticism and the self 1: Michel de Montaigne¿s ¿Apology for Raymond Sebond¿
6. Scepticism and the self 2: Michel de Montaigne¿s ¿Apology for Raymond Sebond¿ (cont.)
7. Idols of the Tribe: Francis Bacon¿s New Atlantis (1624)
8. Connecting with the world: Descartes¿ Discourse on Method (1637)
9. Freedom of the press and religious toleration: John Milton¿s Areopagitica (1644)
10. The quest for political order in an unstable world: Hobbes¿s Leviathan (1651)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 2
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
|No Exam Information
| By the end of this course, students should be able to:
¿ Demonstrate an understanding of the basic tenets and development of Renaissance philosophy;
¿ Appreciate the special concerns of the age;
¿ Apply techniques of philosophical analysis to the works of art of the period.
Pico della Mirandola, 1486. Oration on the dignity of man. [online] Available at: http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/Mirandola/
Bruce, S., ed., 2008. Three Modern Utopias. Oxford: Oxford World¿s Classics. (for the More and Bacon works)
Machiavelli, 2003. The Prince. London: Penguin.
Erasmus, 2004. The Praise of Folly. London: Penguin.
Montaigne, 2006. An Apology for Raymond Sebond. London: Penguin.
Descartes, 1998. Discourse on Method and The Meditations. London: Penguin.
Milton, 2008. Areopagitica. Champaign, Ill.: Standard Publications.
Hobbes, 2002. Leviathan. London: Penguin.
Alternative/ online publications are also available.
Kraye, J., ed., 1996. The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hankins, J., ed., 2007. The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://www.seop.leeds.ac.uk/contents.html
PowerPoint presentations and key passages will be made available on a weekly basis.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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