Early Modern Theories of Perception (PHIL2605)


This unit will trace theories of perception and representation by looking at Locke, Gassendi, Berkeley, and Hume whose fascinating, and often controversial, approaches urge us to base our concept of the world on experience. We will investigate the interplay between sense perception, reason and imagination, explore the limits of knowledge and examine the link between expereince and self-conception. The unit aims to develop a perspective that allows students to reflect critically on central issues of the contemporary debate.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd tutorial exercise (25%), 1x500wd essay plan (15%), 1x2500-3000wd essay (60%)

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Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points in Philosophy


PHIL2005, PHIL3005

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