|Room: Warren Lecture Hall 2207||Prof. Eric Watkins|
|Times: T & Th 11:00-12:20||Office: H&SS 8018|
|Term: Fall Quarter 2007||Office tel: 822-0082|
|Office Hours: T 12:30-1:30 & by appointment||E-mail: email@example.com|
Phil 105 The Empiricists
The purpose of this course is to introduce the main positions and arguments of the British Empiricists: John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume.
I. Reading Assignments (subject to adjustment)
|T 10-2||Locke: Rejection of Innate Ideas (pp.11-17) & Leibniz: Reply (115-121)|
|Th 10-4||Locke: Positive Account of the Mind (17-26, 31-42, 53-55)|
|T 10-9||Locke: Primary vs. Secondary Qualities (26-31, 42-44)|
|Th 10-11||Locke: Personal Identity (61-70)|
|T 10-16||Locke: Nominal vs. Real Essence (70-79)|
|Th 10-18||Locke: Epistemology (79-114)|
|T 10-23||No Class (University-wide)
|Th 10-25||No Class (University-wide)|
|T 10-30||Midterm Exam|
Berkeley: Critique of Locke (pp. 130-138)
|T 11-6||Berkeley: Idealism (138-157)|
|Th 11-8||Berkeley: Consequences (157-174)|
|T 11-13||Hume: Theory of Mind (237-251)|
|Th 11-15||Hume: Causality (251-263, 279-289)|
|T 11-20||Hume: Causality, continued||Term Paper Description Due|
|Th 11-22||Thanksgiving (no class)|
|T 11-27||Hume: Skepticism (289-312)|
|Th 11-29||Hume: The Self (312-327)|
|T 12-4||Hume: On Miracles (371-380)|
|Th 12-6||Hume: On Theistic Proofs (380-386) & Concluding Lecture
||Term Paper Due|
|Th 12-13||Final Exam (8:00-10:59)|
Ariew, Roger & Watkins, Eric. Readings in Modern Philosophy. Volume II: Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Associated Texts. Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2000.
The text is available in the UCSD bookstore. All readings listed on the syllabus will be from this anthology.
1. Quizzes (totaling 20%)
There will be five unannounced quizzes. No make-up quizzes will be given. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.
2. Final exam (50%)
The exam will be comprehensive and consist of a combination of short answer and longer essay questions.
On Locke (30%)
One Term Paper (30%)
The term paper should be 10 pages in length. It should incorporate primary literature not assigned in class and discuss some secondary literature. Term paper topics will not be assigned; instead, one must submit for my approval a 2-3 page description of the topic and what literature (both primary and secondary) will be discussed.
Make-up Exam Policy
A make-up examination will be arranged only if evidence of a valid excuse (e.g., a note from the doctor, the dean or athletic department, etc.) is presented in a timely manner. If a student misses an examination without a valid excuse, the student will receive a grade of F for that exam.
IV. Other Information
1. I expect students to have read the material in advance and to be prepared to discuss it in class. This is not designed as a lecture course, so class discussion is essential.
2. Honor Code. The Academic Honor Code must be observed in this course.
3. If accommodations are needed for a disability or religious reasons, please notify me during the first class period or as soon as possible.