Phil 165/265G / Hume


Spring 2013

MW 3.30-4.45, GIRV 2119

This course will examine the philosophy of David Hume (1711-76), addressing his epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of religion.

We will focus primarily on Hume’s later philosophical works, the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, the Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals and the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. We will aim to understand his mature philosophy, to appreciate its strengths and track down its weaknesses, and to examine how some of his ideas played out (and continue to play out) in later philosophical epochs.


–There will be an extended review session on Wednesday June 5th. In addition to a review session in our regular class time (in our usual GIRV 2119, 3.30-4.45), I have also booked GIRV 2115 for an extended after-hours session, 5.00-6.00pm.

Course Handouts

Optional extras: some recommended podcast discussions