This unit examines theories of perception from Descartes to Reid. It comprises four main themes. First, early modern accounts of sense perception are discussed in tandem with developments in the science of optics and the understanding of visual perception. Second, perception as a faculty of the understanding, that is, mental perception, is studied in the writings of Locke and Condillac. Third, sense perception and mental perception are treated together in a detailed assessment of the Molyneux Problem from Leibniz and Berkeley to Diderot. And fourthly, the course examines the notions of a moral sense and an aesthetic sense in the writings of Hutcheson.
1x2hr lecture/wk, 1x1hr tutorial/wk
1x2hr Final Exam (50%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x500wd Tutorial Assignment (10%)
12 credit points at 2000 level from the Philosophy majorProhibitions