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

Undergraduate Course: The Structure of Being (PHIL10112)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all 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
will be studied.
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
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Mid-term essay of 1,500 words (40%)
2. Final two-hour examination in the May diet (60%)
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)The Structure of Being (PHIL10112)2:00
Academic year 2016/17, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  5
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Mid-term essay of 1,500 words (40%)
2. Final two-hour examination in the May diet (60%)
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)The Structure of Being (PHIL10112)2:00
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 http://www.philosophy.ed.ac.uk
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.
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Contacts
Course organiserProf Theodore Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3649
Email: Scaltsas@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
Email: sam.bell@ed.ac.uk
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