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William J. Talbott
PHIL 437
Seattle Campus

Philosophy of Hume

Hume's analyses of knowledge, the passions, and morals.

Class description

What is reason? What is reasoning? In 1739-40, David Hume published a radical critique of the standard philosophical answers to those questions in his Treatise on Human Nature. In this course, we will study Hume's Treatise to understand Hume's critique of the standard answers and to appreciate the relevance of Hume's critique for our own answers to those questions.

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Class assignments and grading

The course requirements include a midterm exam, a final exam (one-half in class, one-half take home), and short in-class writing assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Isha Zubeidi
Date: 06/01/2006