This unit will examine three problems that are part of the legacy of Empiricism: (i) the issues of induction, causation and causal explanation in science; (ii) the arguments from Berkeley and Hume concerning the external world; and (iii) the case of post-Humean ethical theory. Throughout we will be looking to the modern manifestations of these problems and the ways they might be rectified. We also look to emphasise the importance of these issues for the development of psychology of perception.
1x2hr lecture, 1x1hr tutorial per week
two essays (total 4500 words)
Readings will be available from University Copy Centre.
12 Junior credit points in PhilosophyProhibitions
PHIL2211 or PHIL3211