Rationalism and Empiricism

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Rationalism and Empiricism

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    How 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.

Course Disclaimer

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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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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