Edward N. Zalta, Philosophy Department
Office: Cordura 226 (CSLI)
Phone: 723-0345 (Cordura)
Electronic Mail: zalta@csli
Mailboxes: Ventura Hall and 91 Lounge
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2:15 P.M., 80-83C
This course is an analytic introduction to the most important texts of John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume. These British thinkers, who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries, developed some of the most fascinating conceptions of the relationships between our thoughts and the world around us, and the course will focus on their metaphysical and epistemological doctrines. The lectures are designed to give you a perspective on each work as a whole as well as provide a careful analysis of the more significant passages. You are encouraged to spend your time reading and thinking about the primary texts, rather than researching the secondary sources. Sometimes, however, you may want to pursue a line of thought that is puzzling or of special interest to you. At the end of the syllabus, you will find a list of commentaries and other secondary sources on reserve that may be of some help.
NOTE: The following course schedule is tentative and subject to change. Reading assignments and changes to the schedule will be announced in class.
Secondary Sources on Reserve in Tanner Library
1. J. L. Mackie, Problems From Locke
2. I. Tipton (ed.), Locke on Human Understanding
3. J. Bennett, Locke, Berkeley, Hume: Central Themes
4. C.B. Martin and D. M. Armstrong, Locke and Berkeley: A Collection of
1. G. J. Warnock, Berkeley
2. G. Pitcher, Berkeley
3. G. W. Engle and G. Taylor, Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge:
1. V.C. Chappell, Hume: A Collection of Critical Essays
2. J. Bennett, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume: Central Themes
1. No late papers will be accepted, nor incompletes given, unless special permission is obtained from the professor in advance. Permission to turn in a late paper comes at the price of a grade penalty, unless there is a genuine emergency or the circumstances are exceptional in some other way.
2. Reevaluations: Students may request a reevaluation of a paper if they feel that it has been incorrectly graded. The work must be resubmitted to the professor within one week of the date the paper was graded and returned.
3. Participation in class and/or steady improvement will be considered in determining your final grade, especially in borderline cases.