Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Philosophical Method (PHIL11008)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course aims to introduce students who are new to philosophy to the methods that are particular to the subject and to some of its main issues and topics. These aims are achieved through studying the structure of the philosophical arguments in some classic philosophical texts and through careful development of a final essay.
Formative feedback available;
- opportunity to submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Moral Responsibility and Frankfurt Cases
Week 3: Contextualism
Week 4: Thought Experiments
Week 5: Moral Language
Week 6: Implicature
Week 7: Parthood and Dependence
Week 8: Supervenience and Reduction
Week 9: Equality
Week 10: History of Philosophy Today
Week 11: Revision and Essay Outlines
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 21,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2,500 word essay.
Assignment deadline: Monday 15th December 2014 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum
Return deadline: Monday 19th January 2015
|No Exam Information
| Students will become familiar with the methods of philosophy, will develop their ability to read philosophy, and will extend their skills in oral and written presentation of philosophical arguments.
|Frankfurt, H.A. Alternate possibilities and moral responsibility, Journal of Philosophy, 1969, 66:23, 829-839.|
Jenkins, C.S. and Nolan, D. Maximising, satisficing and context, Noûs, 2010, 44, 451-468.
Thomson, J.J. A defense of abortion, Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1971, 1:1, 47-66.
Geach, P. Assertion, Philosophical Review,1965, 74:4, 449-465.
Grice, H. P. Logic and conversation, Studies in the Ways of Words, Harvard University Press, 1989.
van Inwagen, P. When are objects parts?, Philosophical Perspectives, 1, 1987.
Kim, J. Multiple realization and the metaphysics of reduction, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 52:1 March 1991.
Anderson, E.S. What is the point of equality?, Ethics, Jan. 1999,
Wilson, M.D. History of philosophy in philosophy yoday; and the case of the sensible qualities, Philosophical Review, January 1992, 101:1.
The weekly reading list is available on Learn.
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Taught by Dr Guy Fletcher and Dr Nick Treanor
|Course organiser||Dr Nick Treanor
Tel: (0131 6)51 3085
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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