William J. Talbott
Hume's analyses of knowledge, the passions, and morals.
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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General method of instruction
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.