History of Philosophy from Descartes to Kant

Primary Sources


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


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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s