The central issues in the philosophy of Locke and its subsequent impact on the philosophy of Berkeley and Hume.
This paper 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|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- One 200-level PHIL paper
- PHIL 232, PHIL 201, PHIL 220, PHIL 320
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Teaching staff
- Professor Michael LeBuffe
- Paper Structure
In the first part of the paper we examine in detail 'An Essay Concerning Human Understandin', 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.
- 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)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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- 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