Postgraduate Course: Metaphysics MSc (PHIL11156)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is an advanced introduction to metaphysics.
Metaphysics is the study of the most basic and general features of reality. This course will focus on a range of traditional and contemporary problems in metaphysics. Specific topics to be discussed may include: universals and particulars; objects, properties and events; composition and constitution; the nature of necessity and possibility; fundamentality; ontological dependence; realism and anti-realism about truth; conceptual relativity; and the question 'Why is there something rather than nothing?'
Shared with undergraduate course Metaphysics PHIL10155.
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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||5 written assignments of 400-500 words, each worth 10%; final essay of 2500 words worth 50%.
Final essay deadline: Monday 19th December 2016 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 20th January 2017
||- class discussion
- written assignments
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate core skills in philosophy, including the ability to interpret and engage with philosophical texts, to evaluate arguments, and to develop one's own critical ideas in response.
- show an understanding of some of the central problems in metaphysics and of leading approaches to resolving them.
- analyse these problems and the strengths and weakness of various approaches made to resolving them.
|Available on Learn.|
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Developing an argument.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course will be taught by Dr Nick Treanor.
The course has a 1 hour lecture and 2 x 1 hour tutorial teaching arrangement in place; students must go to ALL lectures and choose only ONE tutorial group shared with undergraduate. Students do not attend both shared tutorial groups.
|Course organiser||Dr Nick Treanor
Tel: (0131 6)51 3085
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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