#1: Epistemology: The Math Question: Rationalists, like Descartes, argue that there is such a thing as “Innate Knowledge”, while Empiricists argue that knowledge comes from the experience of the senses. Explore this debate.
Answer the question: How do you know 2+2 = 4? and, by your answer, are you a Rationalist, or an Empiricist?
Use either or both Descartes’ Meditations, the learning resources and your own reasoning in your argument.
#2: Epistemology: The knowledge of morality. Examine the rationalism vs empiricism debate by exploring how you learned your morality.
Answer the question: How did you learn what was right and wrong? and, by your answer, are you a Rationalist or an Empiricist?
Use either or both Descartes’ Meditations, the learning resources, and your own reasoning in your argument.
MLA Citation: http://sites.umgc.edu/library/libhow/mla_tutorial.cfm
. REQUIRED READING
The text of Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditation I: Of the things which may be brought within the sphere of the doubtful, translated into English by Elizabeth S. Haldane.
The text of Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditation II: Of the Nature of the Human Mind, translated into English by Elizabeth S. Haldane.
An introduction to Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy (1641).
(4) Russell, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy. vol. [New ed.], Routledge, 2004. Routledge Classics.
II. SUPPLEMENTAL READING
An introduction to the life and writings of Rene Descartes.
A short introduction to Rationalism.
A short introduction to Empiricism.
III. SUPPLEMENTAL AUDIO/VIDEO
(8) “Cartesian Skepticism – Neo, Meet Rene: Crash Course Philosophy #5.” YouTube. Uploaded by CrashCourse, Mar. 7 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLKrmw906TM