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Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Time MSc (PHIL11081)

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 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.

Formative feedback:
- 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
Course description Not entered
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:  10
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
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
Reading List
Main texts:
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.

Highly recommended:
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.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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.
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Course organiserDr Alasdair Richmond
Tel: (0131 6)50 3656
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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