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This course offers an introductory survey of some of the key figures in early modern (17th—18th century) European philosophy. These may include: Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Malebranche, Newton, and Hume. Our main focus will be on the enormously influential work of René Descartes, specifically his theories of mind and nature, as well as subsequent reactions, criticisms, and (partial) defenses of his views in the writings of other prominent philosophers. Major themes include the nature of mind and matter, the structure of scientific explanation, causation and necessity, free will, and the existence and nature of God.