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PHIL232 Early Modern Philosophy B: Locke, Berkeley, Hume

The central issues in the philosophy of Locke and its subsequent impact on the philosophy of Berkeley and Hume.

This course in the history of philosophy has as its primary focus the study of three of the most influential British thinkers of the early modern period: John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume. We will study and discuss Locke's main texts and the influence they had on both Berkeley and Hume.

Paper title Early Modern Philosophy B: Locke, Berkeley, Hume
Paper code PHIL232
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One PHIL paper or 72 points
Restriction
PHIL 332, PHIL 201, PHIL 220, PHIL 320
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Present, criticise and defend the positions and central arguments of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume
  • Demonstrate understanding and correct use of philosophical concepts involved in the paper
  • Explain different accounts of the relation between scientific practices in 17th- and 18th-century Europe and the authors' positions in metaphysics and epistemology
  • Explain different accounts of the relation between religious practices in 17th- and 18th-century Europe and the authors' positions in metaphysics and epistemology
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of central course texts
  • Use texts effectively in written interpretative argument
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Contact
Prof Michael LeBuffe, michael.lebuffe@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Prof Michael LeBuffe
Paper Structure
In the first part of the paper we examine in detail An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, focusing on Locke's theory of ideas, his accounts of knowledge and belief and his metaphysical views. We then turn to Berkeley's response to Locke in the second part of the paper. We examine his particular form of Idealism and his theory of vision in his main texts, namely, A Treatise Concerning The Principles Of Human Knowledge and An Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision. In the last part of the paper we turn to Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding and his Treatise of Human Knowledge. We discuss his theory of impressions and ideas, his philosophy of mind and his views on causation, motivation, morality, miracles and beauty.
Textbooks
  • John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, ed. Roger Woolhouse, Penguin 1997. (Essential)
  • George Berkeley, A Treatise Concerning The Principles Of Human Knowledge, ed. Kenneth Winkler, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1982 (Essential)
  • David Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, ed. Peter Millican, Oxford World's Classics, 2007. (Essential)

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22

The central issues in the philosophy of Locke and its subsequent impact on the philosophy of Berkeley and Hume.

This course in the history of philosophy has as its primary focus the study of three of the most influential British thinkers of the early modern period: John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume. We will study and discuss Locke's main texts and the influence they had on both Berkeley and Hume.

Paper title Early Modern Philosophy B: Locke, Berkeley, Hume
Paper code PHIL232
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One PHIL paper or 72 points
Restriction
PHIL 332, PHIL 201, PHIL 220, PHIL 320
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
michael.lebuffe@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Michael LeBuffe
Textbooks
  • John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, ed. Roger Woolhouse, Penguin 1997. (Essential)
  • George Berkeley, A Treatise Concerning The Principles Of Human Knowledge, ed. Kenneth Winkler, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1982 (Essential)
  • David Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, ed. Peter Millican, Oxford World's Classics, 2007. (Essential)
Paper Structure
In the first part of the paper we examine in detail 'An Essay Concerning Human Understanding', focusing on Locke's theory of ideas, his accounts of knowledge and belief and his metaphysical views. We then turn to Berkeley's response to Locke in the second part of the paper. We examine his particular form of Idealism and his theory of vision in his main texts, namely, 'A Treatise Concerning The Principles Of Human Knowledge' and 'An Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision'.
In the last part of the paper we turn to Hume's 'Enquiry concerning Human Understanding' and his 'Treatise of Human Knowledge'. We discuss his theory of impressions and ideas, his philosophy of mind and his views on causation, motivation, morality, miracles and beauty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Present, criticise and defend the positions and central arguments of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume
  • Demonstrate understanding and correct use of philosophical concepts involved in the paper
  • Explain different accounts of the relation between scientific practices in 17th- and 18th-century Europe and the authors' positions in metaphysics and epistemology
  • Explain different accounts of the relation between religious practices in 17th- and 18th-century Europe and the authors' positions in metaphysics and epistemology
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of central course texts
  • Use texts effectively in written interpretative argument

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard