Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Description
Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6300 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Early Modern German Philosophy

Description of Course:

German Philosophy from Leibniz to Hegel: Through this course, students will gain a ground-level familiarity with the major themes of early modern German philosophy through the study of its foundational texts. We will read key philosophical works by Leibniz, Christian Thomasius, Kant, Jacobi, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. A work by Elizabeth Millan-Zaibert will instruct us on Friedrich Schlegel's thought. While designed as an advanced general introduction to early modern German philosophy, this course lays emphasis on the philosophical projects of Kant and Hegel. This course still does not do justice to the history of early modern German thought as it passes over significant German thinkers such as Jacob Bohme, Christian Wolff, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Johann Gottfried Herder, and others.

Students who are looking to fulfill the graduate program's language requirements are welcome to use the German originals of the assigned texts and to write their papers based on them.

Required Texts:

Leibniz, G. W. Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1991. ISBN 978-0872201323

Thomasius, Christian. Essays on Church, State, and Politics. Edited by Ian Hunter, Frank Grunert, and Thomas Ahnert. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund Inc., 2007. ISBN 978-0865974999

Kant, Immanuel. Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics: That Will Be Able to Come Forward as Science, With Selections from the Critique of Pure Reason. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0521535359 

Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason. Translated and edited by Paul Guyer and Allen W. Wood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0521657297 (EXCERPT)

Kant, Immanuel. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Translated by Mary Gregor and Jens Timmermann. Introduction by Christine M. Korsgaard. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1107401068

Kant, Immanuel. Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason and Other Writings. Translated and edited by Allen Wood, George di Giovanni, and Robert Merrihew Adams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0521599641

Jacobi, Friedrich Heinrich. "David Hume on Faith, or Idealism and Realism, A Dialogue (1787)." In The Main Philosophical Writings and the Novel Allwill, edited by George di Giovanni. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994. (UTD Library e-Reserve)

Fichte, Johann Gottlieb. The Science of Knowledge, With the First and Second Introductions. Translated and edited by Peter Heath and John Lachs. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. ISBN 978-0521270502

Schelling, F. W. J. von. System of Transcendental Idealism (1800). Translated by Peter Heath. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. ISBN 978-0813914589 

Millán-Zaibert, Elizabeth. Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0791470848

Houlgate, Stephen, ed. The Hegel Reader. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 1998. ISBN 978-0631203476

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

20-page annotated bibliography

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