Seminar on HumeAutumn 1998

An Evolving Schedule

DateTopicReadings

Understanding
8/25 Course business Syllabus material
Introduction to Hume T Advertisement
E Advertisement
Impressions & Ideas E II: Of the Origin of Ideas
T I, 1, i: Of the Origin of Ideas
Richard Lee: David Hume: The Origin of Ideas: An Analysis of the Arguments
Abstract ¶5 - ¶7
T I, 1. ii: Divisions of the subject
9/1 Association of Ideas E III: Of the Association of Ideas
T I, 1, iv: Of the connection or association of ideas
Abstract ¶35
9/8 Causality & Knowledge T I, 3, i: Of knowledge
T I, 3, ii: Of probability; and of the idea of cause and effect
T I, 3, iii: Why a cause is always necessary
T I, 3, iv: Of the component parts of our reasonings concerning cause and effect
Abstract ¶8 - ¶16
Relations of Ideas & Matters of Fact E IV: Sceptical Doubts concerning the Operations of the Understanding I ¶1 - ¶2
9/15 Knowledge of Causality E IV: Sceptical Doubts concerning the Operations of the Understanding I ¶3 - ¶13
The Problem of Induction E IV: Sceptical Doubts concerning the Operations of the Understanding II
Custom E V: Sceptical Solution of these Doubts I
9/22 Belief T I, 3, vii: Of the nature of the idea or belief
T I, 3, viii: Of the causes of belief
T I, 3, x: Of the influence of belief
T Appendix (pp.623-629)
E V: Sceptical Solution of these Doubts II
Probability T I, 3, xi: Of the probability of chances
E VI: Of probability
9/22 Necessary Connection T I, 3, xiv: Of the idea of necessary connection
E VII: Of the Idea of necessary Connection
9/29 Mind & Personal Identity T I, 4, v: Of the immateriality of the soul
Abstract ¶28
T I, 4, vi: Of personal identity
T Appendix (pp.633-636)
"Of the Immortality of the Soul"
Scepticism T I, 2, vi
Abstract ¶27
T I, 4, 1: Of scepticism with regard to reason
T I, 4, ii: Of scepticism with regard to the senses
T Appendix (pp.638f)
E XII: Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy
Freedom E VIII: Of liberty and necessity
T II, 3, i: Of liberty and necessity
T II, 3, ii: The same subject continu'd
Abstract ¶31-¶34

Passions & Morals
10/6 Passions & Double Relations T II, 1, ii: Of pride and humility; the objects and causes
T II, 2, i: Of the objects and causes of love and hatred
T II, 2, ii: Experiments to confirm this system
T II, 2, ix: Of the mixture of benevolence and anger with compassion and malice ¶1 - ¶11
Sympathy T II, 1, xi: Of the love of fame
T II, 2, ix: Of the mixture of benevolence and anger with compassion and malice ¶12 - ¶19
T III, 3, i: Of the origin of natural virtues and vices
10/13 Passion & Reason T II, 3, iii: Of the influencing motives of the will
10/20 Morals, Reason, & Sentiment T III, 1, i: Moral Distinctions not deriv'd from Reason
T III, 1, ii: Moral distinctions deriv'd from a moral sense
T III, 3, i: Of the origin of natural virtues and vices
Justice T III, 2, i: Justice, whether a natural or artificial virtue
Promises T III, 2, v: Of the obligation of promises
Suicide "Of Suicide"

Religion
10/27 The Cosmological Argument D IX
11/2 The Argument from Design D II
D III
D IV
D V
D VI
D VII
D VIII
11/9 The Problem of Evil & Atheism D X
D XI
D XII

Student Presentations
11/17 Student presentation: DonT I, 4, v: Of the immortality of the soul
T I, 4, vi: Of personal identity
Student presentation: LouisE X: Of Miracles
11/24 Student presentation: Brad T I, 1, i: Of the Origin of Ideas
E II: Of the Origin of Ideas
Student presentation: DeniseTBA
12/1 Student presentation: PhillipTBA
Student presentation: ChaseTBA
12/8 Student presentation: MegTBA
Student presentation: SteveTBA

All dates are 1998.
"T" stands for A Treatise of Human Nature.
"E" stands for An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
"D" stands for Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
"Abstract" stands for An Abstract of ... A Treatise of Human Nature found in many copies of the Treatise.

This schedule is subject to change.


Richard Lee, rlee@comp.uark.edu, last modified: 16 November 1998