Universität Wien

010290 VO Modern Philosophy (2021S)

Philosophies of Rationalism

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie

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Language: German

Examination dates



DO 04.03.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 11.03.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 18.03.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 25.03.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 15.04.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 22.04.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 29.04.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 06.05.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 20.05.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 27.05.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 10.06.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 17.06.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL
DO 24.06.2021 15.00-16.30 DIGITAL

The lecture will start in a digital-synchronous format. If the situation allows, it will switch to a hybrid format.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture discusses central positions of early modern rationalism. Besides methodological and epistemological questions, it is particularly interested in the rationalist approach to the absolute and the resulting relationship to the monotheistic concept of God. In addition, the lecture examines the impact of three major rationalist theories: Descartes and Cartesianism, Spinoza and the Spinoza controversy on the threshold of German idealism, the relationship between the Cambridge Platonists, especially Anne Conway, and the monadology of Leibniz.
The lecture aims to provide an understanding of early modern rationalism - its intentions, its problems, its methodology, its critique.
The lecture is divided into 70 minutes of lecture and 20 minutes for questions and discussion.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam of 90 minutes without any aids.
However, due to the Corona pandemic, it is to be expected that the first exams will be oral (15 minutes, on Jitsi). See u:find.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic knowledge of the European history of ideas.
Assessment: Knowledge of the learning material, independence of presentation. In addition, productive participation in the discussion will have a positive effect on the overall grade.

Examination topics

The material presented in the lecture. Worksheets will be uploaded to Moodle.

Reading list

Cottingham, John: The Rationalists, Oxford University Press 1988
Steven Nadler (Hg.): A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy, Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell Publishing 2002
Alan Nelson (Hg.): A Companion to Rationalism, Oxford: Blackwell 2005
Wolfgang Röd: Geschichte der Philosophie, d. VII. Die Philosophie der Neuzeit: Von Francis Bacon bis Spinoza, München: Beck Verlag 1999²
Ders.: Geschichte der Philosophie, Bd. VIII. Die Philosophie der Neuzeit 2: Von Newton bis Rousseau, München: Beck Verlag 1984
Rainer Specht: Geschichte der Philosophie in Text und Darstellung: Rationalismus, Stuttgart: Reclam 2002

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 03, 033 195 (17W) BRP 06krp, BRP 06ktb; für auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D3, für 033 195 (15W) SP Kath. und SP RdP BAM 02

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:11