Continental Rationalism




The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were among the most exciting and revolutionary periods in the history of philosophy. Among the most prominent philosophers working in that period, Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz have traditionally been grouped together under the label “Continental Rationalists” in virtue of their embrace of systematic metaphysics and emphasis on rational reflection as a source of knowledge. This regularly offered course aims to provide an overview of the development of early modern rationalism while exploring in detail a number of central issues, arguments and controversies. Topics will include philosophical methodology, skepticism, knowledge, substance, mind-body relations, and the metaphysical foundations of science.