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Postgraduate Course: Kant's Critical Philosophy MSc (PHIL11152)

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 provides an introduction to some of the central issues in Kant's philosophy.

Shared with undergraduate course Kant's Critical Philosophy PHIL10157.

For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
Course description The work of the German Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant continues to have an extraordinary influence in philosophy. As well as its contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and moral philosophy, it offers one of the most significant and intricate reflections on the nature of philosophy itself. This course provides an introduction to some of the central issues in Kant's philosophy.
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:  8
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 3000 word essay.

Essay deadline: Monday 19th December 2016 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2700 minimum / 3300 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Friday 20th January 2017
Feedback - Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.

Formative essay deadline: Thursday 27th October 2016 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 18th November 2016
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate core skills in philosophy, including interpreting and critically engaging with philosophical texts, evaluating arguments and theories, and developing one's own ideas in response to the issues discussed.
  2. acquire knowledge of the main interpretations of Kant's philosophy
  3. analyse the strengths and weakness of transcendental idealism
  4. acquire a sense of the place of Kant in the history of philosophy
Reading List
Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, edited by Norman Kemp-Smith, Palgrave 2007.
R. Scruton Kant: A Very Short Introduction (Routledge, 2001)
A. Wood Kant (Blackwell, 2005)
P. Guyer, Kant (Routledge, 2006): Part I.
S. Gardner, Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Kant and the Critique of Pure Reason (Routledge, 1999)
D. Burnham, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (Edinburgh UP, 2007)
H. Allison, Kant's Transcendental Idealism (Yale UP, 1983)
J. Bennett Kant's Analytic (CUP, 1966)
J. Bennett Kant's Dialectic (CUP, 1974)
G. Bird (ed.) A Companion to Kant (Blackwell, 2006)
P. Guyer (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Kant (CUP, 1992)
P. Guyer Kant and the Claims of Knowledge (CUP, 1987)
R. Langton Kantian Humility (OUP, 1998)
P. F. Strawson The Bounds of Sense: An Essay on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (1966)
J. Van Cleve Problems from Kant (OUP, 1999)
R. Walker Kant (Routledge, 1978)
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to analyse and assess philosophical arguments
Ability to articulate and defend positions in a philosophical debate
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be taught by Dr Alix Cohen.
KeywordsKant,History of Philosophy,Transcendental Philosophy,metaphysics
Course organiserDr Alix Cohen
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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