Foundational Texts: Early Modern


Course Objective

The students will acquire knowledge of and insight into the historical
context of systematic positions as articulated by Hume, and they will
receive training in how to do research in the field.

Course Content

The present course will offer a close reading of (parts of) Hume's
Enquiries concerning Human Understanding, and concerning the Principles
of Morals. .
The course aims to offer students knowledge of and insight into Hume’s
Enquiries, to enable students to identify its historical context, and to
train students in reading primary sources.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

The written exam for the present course will include two assignments of
two thousand words each, and a final assignment of five thousand words
at the end of the course. The mark of the exam will be based upon the
results of the three papers, according to the ratio: first two
assignments 40%, and the third assignment 60%.


David Hume, Enquiries concerning Human Understanding and concerning the
Principes of Morals. Edited by L.A. Selby-Bigge and P.H. Nidditch. Third
Edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press 1975.

For additional readings, see the course manual.

General Information

Course Code W_AAMPHUP009
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. C.B. Ranalli
Examiner dr. C.B. Ranalli
Teaching Staff dr. C.B. Ranalli

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar