Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Time Travel MSc (Semester 1) (PHIL11103)
|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||Available to all students
|Summary||Time travel (surprising as it may sound) is a topic of wide and growing interest to philosophers as well as physicists. There are now (literally) scores of philosophical articles relating time travel to a host of interesting metaphysical and epistemic problems centred around (e.g.) laws of nature, personal identity and free will. Students will be encouraged to engage critically with the works of such important figures as David Lewis, Kurt Gödel, D. H. Mellor and Robin Le Poidevin, amongst others.
This course is research-led and is largely designed around an ongoing project (funded by the AHRC 2008/09) to produce a book-length treatment and a series of related articles on all philosophical aspects of time travel.
No previous knowledge of physics or the philosophy of time will be required.
Shared with UG course Philosophy of Time Travel (S1) PHIL10127
- 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)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Philosophy of Time Travel MSc (PHIL11101)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|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 15th December 2014 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 maximum
Return deadline: Monday 19th January 2015
|No Exam Information
| To develop further students' philosophical skills, and to extend and deepen their philosophical knowledge, acquired in previous philosophy courses. Students who successfully complete this course will have received a thorough grounding in all philosophical aspects of the current time travel debate and should be equipped to discuss critically a range of relevant, contemporary philosophical issues in metaphysics.
|Barry Dainton, Time and Space, Chesham, Acumen, 2001, second edition Durham Acumen 2010, multiple copies should be available in the Library Hub Reserve (at shelf-mark BD632 Dai).|
The full weekly reading list is available on Learn.
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Philosophy of Time Travel 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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