Postgraduate Course: The Philosophy of David Hume MSc (PHIL11125)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||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.
Formative feedback available;
- the opportunity to submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
- fortnightly meeting with Dr Mason
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2,500 word essay
Assignment deadline: Monday 20th April 2015 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum
Return deadline: Tuesday 12th May 2015
|No Exam Information
| 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.
|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.)
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Taught by Dr Andrew Mason.
|Course organiser||Prof Theodore Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3649
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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