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Undergraduate Course: Formal Methods in Philosophy (PHIL10140)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPhilosophy Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is an introduction to a variety of different formal approaches to philosophy. In this course, core concepts from areas such as the following will be introduced and discussed:
1. Basic Propositional and Predicate Logic, Basic Set Theory.
2. Formal Semantics.
3. Propositional Modal Logic.
4. Conditionals.
5. Probability Theory.
6. Decision Theory.
7. Game Theory.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND Logic 1 (PHIL08004)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  5
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The aim of this course is to give students a background and understanding of various formal tools often used in philosophy. This will enable to them to apply these tools to philosophical problems across a wide range of disciplines. Furthermore, it will also ensure that when students are faced with problems or arguments that uses, or appeals to uses of, these formal tools, they will be equipped to understand and evaluate the problems or arguments.
Assessment Information
Assessment will consist of a midterm take home exam (30%) and a final take home exam (70%)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Jonathan Bennett (2003) ┐Conditionals┐, Oxford University Press.
Irene Heim and Angelika Kratzer (1998) ┐Semantics in Generative Grammar┐ Blackwell Publishing.
James McCawley (1993) ┐Everything that Linguists Have Always Wanted to Know about Logic ┐ But Were Ashamed to Ask┐ 2nd edition, The Chicago University Press.
Graham Priest (2008) ┐An Introduction to Non-Classical Logic┐, 2nd edn. Cambridge University Press.
Michael Resnik (1987) ┐Choices: An Introduction to Decision Theory┐ University of Minnesota Press.
Michael Strevens (2006) ┐Notes on Bayesian Confirmation Theory┐, unpublished ms.
Theodore Sider (2010) ┐Logic for Philosophy┐, Oxford University Press.
Brian Weatherson (2008) ┐Lecture Notes on Game Theory┐, unpublished ms.
Jonathan Weisberg (2011) ┐Varieties of Bayesianism┐ In ┐Handbook of the History of Logic┐ (ed. Dov Gabbay, Stephan Hartmann and John Woods).
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Anders Schoubye
Tel:
Email: aschouby@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Susan Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
Email: sue.richards@ed.ac.uk
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