Phil 165/265G / Hume
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.
Optional extras: some recommended podcast discussions
- Optional extra on Hume’s significance: recommended ‘Philosophy Bites’ podcast discussion with Peter Millican
- Optional extra on Hume on cause, effect and doubt: recommended‘Philosopher’s Zone’ podcast with Helen Beebee
- Optional extra on Hume on liberty and necessity: recommended ‘In Our Time’ podcast on Free Will with Simon Blackburn, Helen Beebee and Galen Strawson (see program for March 10, 2011)