PHIL 682: Figures and Topics in Early Modern Philosophy

PHIL 682-001: Figures&Topics in EarlyModPHIL
(Spring 2023)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Krug Hall 209

Section Information for Spring 2023

In this course we will study David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature.  Here Hume attempts to construct a system of philosophical thought, meaning a coherent and unified account of the major issues in philosophy.  Examination of the Treatise, then, lets us look at a wide variety of philosophical topics from a single standpoint, and in connection to one another. The unifying theme in our discussion will be the question of normativity: In what way does Hume take his arguments to justify beliefs or actions?  In reading Book I of the Treatise, we will consider the Hume’s views about causation, knowledge, and the existence of the external world, as well as his overall conception of philosophy.  In reading Book II, we will discuss his moral psychology and its connections to the philosophy of the emotions; his compatibilism and the debate about free will; and the account of moral responsibility.  Finally, Book III will bring us to his account of moral judgment.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines major philosophical authors, texts, and topics of the early modern period and their influence on philosophical thought. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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