The focus of this course will be Descartes’ first philosophical publication, the Discourse on Method, published in 1637. We will spend one week on each of its parts, paying special attention to the questions and difficulties it raises. The following week, in each case, we will look at a selection from one of his earlier or later writings, in which we will seek answers to the questions and difficulties of the week before. The aim is to come away with a better understanding of the roots, trunk and branches of Descartes’ philosophy than is normally reflected in the secondary literature.
Tuesday 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.