Modern and Continental Philosophy

Complete both parts of this worksheet.

 Part A


Complete both parts of the matrix.


In the first column, describe British empiricism and how it ends in Hume’s skepticism about knowledge of the external world. In the second column, explain how Kant’s theory allows us to have empirical knowledge of the world around us.


Write at least four sentences or bullet points for each of the four categories to help you organize your thoughts. Remember to use appropriate course-level APA formatting in any citations from the text.


In the second part of the matrix, describe Kant’s theory of the categorical imperative in the first column, and in the next column, explain Mill’s Utilitarianism.



British Empiricism

Kant’s Transcendental Idealism

Describe how the British empiricists (Locke, Berkeley, and Hume) and their views of how knowledge is acquired culminated in Hume’s skepticism.

Explain how Kant’s theory helped him to overcome Hume’s skepticism and allows us to have empirical knowledge.









Kantian Moral Theory

Utilitarian Moral Theory

Describe the three formulations of Kant’s categorical imperative. Apply his guiding principle to a moral dilemma.

Explain Mills’ greatest happiness principle and apply that to a moral dilemma. Refer to the specific moral philosophers involved in the development of Utilitarian moral theory.









 Part B


Choose from one of two following options to deliver Part B of your assignment:


·        Option 1 is to complete the assignment as a standard written assignment.

·        Option 2 is to complete the assignment as a dialogue between one of the three philosophers, Kierkegaard, Marx, or Nietzsche to Kant or Mills.


Summarize in 350 to 700 words, the philosophy of Kierkegaard, Marx, or Nietzsche as a response to the moral theory of Immanuel Kant or John Stuart Mills.



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