PHIL 428

Advanced Studies in Rationalism and the Enlightenment

Units: 1.5

Hours: 3-0-0

Investigation of key concepts and historical figures of Rationalism broadly defined as a set of positions and doctrines, all of which tend to involve the ideas that in some sense the universe is rational. May include metaphysical, epistemological or ethical aspects of the thought of some of rationalism's most famous and influential proponents from the enlightenment period of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: René Descartes, Nicolas Malebranche, Baruch Spinoza and G. W. Leibniz.


  • Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 428, PHIL 490 (if taken in the same topic).


Undergraduate course in Philosophy offered by the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities.

Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019

Summer timetable available: February 15. Fall and Spring timetables available: May 15.

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