Philosophy (PHIL) - Reason and Experience in Modern Philosophy

PHIL 3336  Reason and Experience in Modern Philosophy


Six credits of 1000 level Philosophy.


PHIL 3335


Three hours of seminar per week for one term.




Students explore seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophical claims about the most reliable source of knowledge. Rationalists such as Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza argue that knowledge comes from reason alone. Empiricists such as Locke and Hume claim that it comes from experience or sensation and feeling. Students also examine Immanuel Kant’s influential effort to resolve this long-running debate through his “Copernican” revolution in philosophy.

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