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PHL203 Early Modern Philosophy: From Montaigne to Kant

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Emphasis will be given to (1) early modern theories of knowledge (epistemol­ogy) against the backdrop of the Scientific Revolution and (2) the roots of early modern philosophy in Renaissance humanism and the outstanding individuals such as Montaigne who had contributed to several areas of human endeavour. In parallel with (1) and (2), two contrasting approaches to acquiring knowledge will be studied, one based on experience (empiricism), the other on reason (rationalism). Finally, attention will be given to the significant role of skepticism.