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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Philosophy

Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Philosophical Method (PHIL11008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
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, Nos, 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,
109:2.

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.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Taught by Dr Guy Fletcher and Dr Nick Treanor
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Nick Treanor
Tel: (0131 6)51 3085
Email: nick.treanor@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
Email: Lynsey.Buchanan@ed.ac.uk
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