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180086 LPS Hume's ethics (2021S)

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 45 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 09.03. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 29.06. 11:30 - 14:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This basic reading course serves an an introduction to David Hume’s ethical thought by way of his ENQUIRY CONCERNING THE PRINCIPLES OF MORALS. We will also be reading excerpts from some of his other works to get a fuller picture.

Didactic goal of this course: This is an introductory reading seminar. Its purpose is to develop the students’ skills in philosophical interpretation and and their communication of ideas. A critical stance to one’s own opinions may be considered a further goal.

Method: Regular attendance in our online-sessions via Collaborate on Moodle, regular timely upload of your assignments (two days prior to class), a short presentation (alternatively in the form of a short podcast) and active participation in discussions.

Assessment and permitted materials

Each assignment will be graded by a point-system (5 out of 5 possible points amounts to „excellent“). Students can view their individual points in Moodle. – The complete set of corrected papers handed in each week will be visible in Moodle, however, these papers will have been anonymized. This way students can learn from reading their peers’ work.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In order to get a positive grade you have to hand in ten short assignments as will be explained in the first unit. Attendance in our online-meetings is mandatory, you may miss two course units. You will be graded on each part of your contributions to class, your weekly submissions amount to 70 per cent of your final grade, 30 per cent are based on your active participation in in-class discussions.
By registering for this course, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by Turnitin.

Examination topics

This is an introductory reading course with continuous assessment. There is no final exam.

Reading list

Our primary text will be Hume’s ENQUIRY CONCERNING THE PRINCIPLES OF MORALS (1751) in this German translation:

Hume, David (2012): Eine Untersuchung über die Prinzipien der Moral. Übers. und hg. von Gerhard Streminger. Mit einem Nachwort von Frank Brosow. Stuttgart: Reclam.

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