Early-Modern Philosophy

Programme Code: PHIL2002

Faculty of: Arts

Targeted Students: HKU Undergraduate, HKU Postgraduate, Non HKU Undergraduate, Non HKU Postgraduate

Area of Interest: Arts

Credits: 6

Programme Period: June 28, 2021 to July 16, 2021

Programme Fee: HKD 16,400

Discount(s) on Programme Fee:

10% Partner Discount
5% Early Bird Discount (Deadline: April 30, 2021)

* All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.

Deadline for Application: May 31, 2021

Online Application: APPLY NOW


The application procedure of this programme is separated from HKUSI application system. You will be required to apply and pay all fees separately. For more information, please visit the programme link.

For HKU students, please visit here for the application procedures.

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the thought of the major figures of western philosophy of the 17th and 18th centuries. We will read major works by Descartes, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Lady Mary Shepherd, and Hume. The course will focus mainly on metaphysical and epistemological topics such as the possibility of discovering knowledge, the existence of God, and the relationship between the mind and the body. But some topics in political philosophy will also be explored.

Course Outline:


Programme Schedule:

Monday – Friday 09:30 – 12:30

Programme Link: https://arts.hku.hk/prospective-students/summer-institute-in-the-arts—humanities/undergraduate-level/undergraduate-programmes-session-b

For enquires, please contact Faculty of Arts General Office:
Email: arts.summer@hku.hk
Phone:  +852 3917 8977


• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students have the responsibility to contact the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made, unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% of attendance or absence without legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.