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UC Davis Department of Philosophy


Philosophy Department

1240 Social Sciences and Humanities
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 752-0607

Fax: (530) 752-8964

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René Descartes

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Here are the reading assignments for Philosophy 168. The schedule is subject to change.

Month Day Reading
September 21 Introductory Remarks
26 Discourse on Method, Parts One and Two
28 Rules for the Direction of the Mind
October 3 Discourse on Method, Parts Three and Four
5 Meditations, Dedicatory Letter, Preface, Synopsis, First Meditation
10 Second Meditation
12 Second Meditation
17 Third Meditation
19 Third Meditation
24 Fourth Meditation
26 Fourth Meditation
31 Fifth Meditation
November 2 Fifth Meditation
7 Sixth Meditation
9 Sixth Meditation
14 Notes Directed Against a Certain Programme
16 Discourse on Method, Parts Five and Six
21 Principles of Philosophy, Part I
23 Optics and laws of motion (handouts)
28 Principles of Philosophy, Parts II-IV
30 Passions of the Soul