Rationalism and Empiricism
University College Dublin
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewHow do modern treatments of substance and causality differ from what came before? Do we require certain
knowledge, or is probable knowledge enough? Do we really need to go outside nature to explain nature? Are
there such things as innate ideas, or is the mind at its beginning a 'blank slate' awaiting sense impressions
from outside? Does my identity lie in the unconscious, or in conscious experiences I can call my own, or both?
In this course we will explore these questions, and others, by looking at the contrasting ideas and arguments
put forward in the great philosophical traditions of Rationalism and Empiricism. Following a brief
consideration of Descartes' later work, the philosophers to be examined in most detail will be Spinoza, Locke,
Berkeley and Leibniz.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
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