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Reading Questions for 10/28: Hume’s Philosophical Methodology

  Statue of Scottish Philosopher David Hume (1711 to 1776) by Alexander Stoddart. Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo Credit: Bandan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons In Sections II and III of the Enquiry, Hume introduces and justifies the particular approach to philosophical problems (and/or to the problems with philosophy) that…

Modern Philosophy

Cartesian Ontology and First Philosophy

In my PHIL 202: Modern Philosophy course, we just finished a segment looking at Descartes in Context. We read Don Rutherford’s “Innovation and orthodoxy in modern philosophy”1, and some texts from Montaigne, Bacon, and Galileo, which are included in Ariew & Watkins’ Modern Philosophy anthology2, before working through the Meditations, selected Objections and Replies, Book I…