Early Modern Rationalism: Descartes & Leibniz


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Which of the following quotes is Descartes most famous for writing? (As translated into English.)

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1. According to Descartes, which of the following is NOT accurate?

2. Which of the following statements does Leibniz reject?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Rene Descartes and Gottfried Leibniz were two of the most influential philosophers in history, particularly in regard to the philosophical movement of rationalism. You can test your understanding of the rationalism of Descartes and Leibniz with these assessment questions. Some things you'll be tested on include the characteristics of rationalism and the viewpoints of both philosophers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Descartes' famous statement
  • Descartes' viewpoints
  • Views that Leibniz rejected
  • Descartes' views on the senses
  • Rationalism and rival theories

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of early modern rationalism, specifically as it was articulated by Rene Descartes and Gottfried Leibniz
  • Reading comprehension - check to ensure that you have accurately understood the specifics of both Descartes' and Leibniz's views on rationalism and related topics
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast not only Descartes' and Leibniz's views, but also rationalism itself and opposing theories

Additional Learning

To learn more about early rationalism, review the corresponding lesson called Early Modern Rationalism: Descartes & Leibniz. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of rationalism
  • Rationalism vs. opposing veiws
  • Descartes' views
  • Leibniz's views