Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Time MSc (PHIL11081)
|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 will offer detailed seminars on key philosophical issues in the philosophy of time, tense and persistence, both classical and modern. No detailed logical or metaphysical expertise will be assumed, and the course is intended to be accessible to students with a wide range of philosophical interests and aptitudes.
Shared with UG course Philosophy of Time PHIL10113.
- opportunity to submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
- students can obtain feedback from Dr Richmond and peers during tutorials
- MSc-only advice session approximately two weeks before the hand-in date for summative essays
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 20,
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 20th April 2015 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 maximum
Return deadline: Tuesday 12th May 2015
|No Exam Information
| Students who take this course should be equipped to explore, discuss and analyse classical and contemporary issues in the philosophy of time and thereby acquire confidence in dealing with these issues. In particular, they should be enabled to explore critically topics that include the following:
* The status of time and eternity in Plato and Aristotle
* The rejection of time in Sextus Empiricus, McTaggart and Kurt Godel
* Temporal topology: linearity, circularity and dimensionality
* Tensed versus tenseless accounts of time
* Endurantist and perdurantist accounts of persistence
Philip Turetzky, Time, London, Routledge, 1998, available in the Library Hub Reserve (at shelf-mark BD638 Tur) and electronically via the Library / MyEd.
Barry Dainton, Time and Space, first edition Chesham, Acumen, 2001, second edition Durham Acumen 2010, multiple copies should be available in the Library Hub Reserve (at shelf-mark BD632 Dai). Virtually all the material we will be covering can be found in either edition of Dainton¿s (wonderful) book.
Robin Le Poidevin and Murray MacBeath, (edd.), The Philosophy of Time, (Oxford Readings in Philosophy), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993, multiple copies are available in the Library Hub Reserve (at shelf-mark BD638 Phi).
The weekly reading list is available on Learn.
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Philosophy of Time is scheduled in semester 1 and in semester 2. Students should only attend semester 1 OR 2. They must not attend both.
The course is taught by Dr Alasdair Richmond.
|Course organiser||Dr Alasdair Richmond
Tel: (0131 6)50 3656
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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