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Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Time Travel MSc (Semester 1) (PHIL11103)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTime 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

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 Students MUST NOT also be taking Philosophy of Time Travel MSc (PHIL11101)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
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Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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.
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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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