British Empiricism

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2012

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were among the most exciting and revolutionary periods in the history of philosophy.  Among the most prominent philosophers working in that period, Locke, Berkeley and Hume have traditionally been grouped together under the label “British Empiricists” in virtue of their rejection of innate ideas and emphasis on experience as a source of knowledge.  This regularly offered course aims to provide an overview of the development of early modern empiricism while exploring in some detail a number of central issues, arguments and controversies.  Topics will include, among others, the theory of ideas, the nature of body, personal identity, human agency, skepticism, and naturalism.