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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Topics in Epistemology (PHIL11151)

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
SummaryThis course introduces students to cutting-edge research in contemporary epistemology.
Course description Students will (i) attend meetings of the Epistemology Research Seminar (at which visiting speakers present their research), (ii) participate in tutorials, and (iii) develop a research paper under the supervision of one of the members of Edinburgh's Epistemology Research Cluster.

Information on the Epistemology Research Cluster can be found at: and

List of 2016/17 visiting speakers:

21/9 Federico Luzzi (Aberdeen University)
5/10 Harvey Siegel (University of Miami)
19/10 Margot Strohminger (University of Antwerp)
2/11 Mark Alfano (Delft University of Technology)
16/11 Laura Candiotto (Edinburgh University)
23/11 Clayton Littlejohn (King's College London)
7/12 Helen De Cruz (Oxford Brookes University)
1/2 Prof. Ilan Inan
1/3 Mikael Janvid (Stockholm)
15/3 Paul Smart
29/3 Kevin Scharp
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2,500-word essay (100%).

Essay deadline: Monday 17th April 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Feedback - Tutorials on same weeks the seminars run.
- Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline in semester 2 on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.

Formative essay deadline: Thursday 2nd March 2017 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 24th March 2017
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. be familiar with latest cutting edge epistemological research (as presented by Epistemology Research Group speakers)
  2. engage critically in contemporary debates in epistemology
  3. formulate questions and positions of relevance in contemporary epistemology skills in writing a short critical paper on a current theme in epistemology
Reading List
Readings will include new or in-progress papers by ERG
speakers, as well as relevant background papers, to be
determined by the speaker and announced before each tutorial
on Learn.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn
Graduate Attributes and Skills Reading, understanding and critically engaging with the latest
epistemology research; critical thinking; constructive oral
engagement; essay writing.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be led by Dr Adam Carter in semester 1 and Dr Orestis Palermos in semester 2, however, both external and internal speakers will be involved in the course.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiser Spyridon Palermos
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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