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Rationalism and Empiricism: Descartes and Hume

Introduction

This course explores the foundational ideas of Rationalism and Empiricism, focusing on the contrasting philosophies of Descartes and Hume, their views on knowledge acquisition, the nature of reality, and the role of God in their thought, as well as their influence on contemporary philosophy and interdisciplinary connections.

What you will learn

By completing this course, learners will gain a deep understanding of the key concepts and debates in Rationalism and Empiricism, as well as the ability to critically analyze and compare the philosophical views of Descartes and Hume, and apply their insights to contemporary issues and interdisciplinary research.

Course program

Foundations of Rationalism and Empiricism
René Descartes: The Rationalist Paradigm
David Hume: The Empirical Counterpoint
Comparison between Descartes and Hume
Influence and Relevance of Descartes and Hume