Founded in the mid-17th century, Rationalism was philosophy's first step into the modern era. This volume contains the essential statements of Rationalism's three greatest figures: Descartes, who began it; Spinoza, who epitomized it; and Leibniz, who gave it its last serious expression.
Table of Contents
René Descartes (1596–1650) Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking the Truth in the Sciences (1637) Meditations of the First Philosophy (1641) Benedict de Spinoza (1632–1677) The Ethics (1677) Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz(1646–1716) Discourse on Metaphysics (1710) The Monadology (1716)
Rene Descartes|Benedict de Spinoza
About Rene Descartes
Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the French philosopher and mathematician, is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy.
About Benedict de Spinoza
Benedict de Spinoza (1632–1677) was born in Amsterdam, where his orthodox Jewish family had fled from persecution in Portugal. Expelled from the synagogue for his heterodox philosophy, he identified God with nature and denied the possibility of an act of creation.
The Rationalists by Rene Descartes, Benedict De Spinoza, Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr Von Leibniz