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

Postgraduate Course: The Structure of Being MSc (PHIL11145)

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
SummaryThe course will focus on the ontology of what there is. Such topics as:

- subjects & essences;
- parts & wholes;
- properties & relations;
- matter & form hylomorphism

The course will be shared with the undergraduate course The Structure of Being (PHIL10112).

Formative feedback available:
- students can submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
Course description A selection from the works of Plato; Aristotle; Leibniz; David Lewis; David Armstrong; and similar works.
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, Revision Session 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 2500 word essay.

Assignment deadline: Monday 20th April 2015 by 12 noon
Word limit: TBC
Return deadline: Tuesday 12th May 2015
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
The coursework involves close and critical analysis of various historical and current views on central issues in the ontology of substances. Students are asked to read, critically assess and discuss some of the most important texts in these fields. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in individual research through the writing of essays, and to develop their critical, analytic and communication skills normally achieved through informal discussion and oral presentations in tutorial groups.
Reading List
Plato, The Republic.
Aristotle, The Metaphysics.
Leibniz, The Monadology
Lewis, David, Parts of Classes.
Armstrong, David, Universals and Scientific Realism.
Scaltsas, Theodore, Substances and Universals.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy articles:
Substance: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/substance/
Being and Becoming: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/causation-metaphysics/
Process: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/process-philosophy/
David Lewis┐ Metaphysics: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/lewis-metaphysics/
and cognate literature.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills The coursework involves close and critical analysis of various historical and current views on central issues in the ontology of substances. Students are asked to read, critically assess and discuss some of the most important texts in these fields. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in individual research through the writing of essays, and to develop their critical, analytic and communication skills normally achieved through informal discussion and oral presentations in tutorial groups.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be taught be Prof Dory Scaltsas.
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Contacts
Course organiserProf Theodore Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3649
Email: Scaltsas@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
Email: Lynsey.Buchanan@ed.ac.uk
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