History of Philosophy from Descartes to Kant

Primary Sources

Berkeley

  • A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge,ed. by J. Dancy, Oxford University Press, 1998

Descartes:

  • Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings,ed. and trans. by J. Cottingham, R. Stoothoff and D. Murdoch, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1988

Leibniz

  • Philosophical Essays, G. W. Leibniz,R. Ariew and D. Garber (eds.) (Hackett, 1989)

Locke:

  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke, P. Nidditch (ed.), OUP, Oxford, 1975

Hume:

  • A Treatise of Human Nature, David Hume, ed. by L.A. Selby-Bigge, 2nd ed. with revised notes and text by P.H. Nidditch, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1978

Spinoza:

  • Ethics: Demonstrated in Geometrical Order, in The Collected Works of Spinoza, vol.1, trans. and ed. by Edwin Curley, Princeton University Press, 1995; also in A Spinoza Reader, trans. and ed. by E. Curley, Princeton University Press, 1994

Secondary Literature

  • Learning from Six Philosophers, vols. 1 and 2, J. Bennett, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2001
  • The Rationalists, J. Cottingham, OUP, Oxford, 1988
  • The Empiricists, R.S. Woodhouse, OUP, Oxford, 1988

Also check the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy for the topics we discuss.

Tutorial Topics

Students choosing this paper will study one rationalist (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz) and one empiricist (Locke, Berkeley, Hume). Tutorial topics will be determined accordingly.

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