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Writing Assignments for Core Modernist Skills

For my graduate seminar on Hume's Ethics, I decided to give structured writing assignments to students each week, designed to help them develop core skills that are important to work in historical philosophy. The students dubbed these assignments "Humework". I am posting these assignments here so that other people can see them, use or adapt them (if they want), or give me advice on ways to improve them.

The assignments are graded on a scale of check, check-plus, or check-minus, and I don't provide extensive comments unless a students comes to see me about the assignments (which they are encouraged to do). This is mainly to keep the grading of these assignments from swallowing up all of my time.

I am writing the assignments as the semester goes, so the files will be added each week. There may be some changes to the planned order of assignments as the semester goes.