Postgraduate Course: The Philosophy of David Hume MSc (PHIL11125)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Philosophy
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||The course introduces the thought of Edinburgh¿s most famous philosopher, David Hume. The primary reading for the course will be Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding: we will also make some use of the first book of his Treatise of Human Nature and of the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Topics covered will include Hume's theory of impressions and ideas; inductive reasoning; causation; freedom and necessity; miracles; natural theology; the external world; the self, and Hume's relation to scepticism.
Taught by Dr Andrew Mason.
Formative feedback available;
- the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6
- fortnightly meeting with Dr Mason
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|After successful completion of this course, students will:
understand the philosophical arguments and views presented by Edinburgh¿s leading philosopher in some of his definitive works
appreciate the reasons for the place of Hume and the Enquiry in the philosophical canon and be able to read and critically assess one of the major works in the philosophical canon to write intelligibly on a topic covered in the work and relate it to the whole.
|One 2,500 word essay|
Assignment deadline: Monday 14th April 2014 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum
Return deadline: Tuesday 6th May 2014
||D. Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
D. Hume: A Treatise of Human Nature.
D. Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
A. Flew: Hume's Philosophy of Belief.
B. Stroud: Hume.
J. Gaskin: Hume's Philosophy of Religion.
P. Millican, ed.: Reading Hume on Human Understanding.
(Other works will be recommended during the course.)
|Course organiser||Prof Theodore Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3649
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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