Major Texts in Philosophy (PHIL*4420) | College of Arts

Major Texts in Philosophy (PHIL*4420)

Code and section: PHIL*4420*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Patricia Sheridan


This course will look at three of the most influential thinkers of the early modern period: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Through these thinkers, we will see the development of early empiricism. We will explore their views on the origin of mental contents, the nature of reality, skepticism, and language, through a close reading of their major texts: Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge, and Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.


Course outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.