Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Time MSc (PHIL11081)
|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 will offer detailed seminars on key philosophical issues in the philosophy of time, tense and persistence, both classical and modern.
Shared with UG course Philosophy of Time PHIL10113.
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.
'Time is, / Time was, / Time is past', Roger Bacon's brazen head (allegedly).
This course will offer detailed seminars on key philosophical issues in the philosophy of time, largely with an analytical slant. Students should end this course conversant with a range of significant metaphysical (and other) issues surrounding time, its nature, existence and relation to (e.g.) change and persistence. No detailed logical, scientific or metaphysical expertise will be assumed, and the course is intended to be accessible to students with a wide range of philosophical interests and aptitudes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2,500 word essay (100%).
Word limit: 2500 maximum (excluding references)
||- students can obtain feedback from the course oganiser and peers during tutorials
- MSc-only advice session approximately two weeks before the hand-in date for summative essays
- 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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- develop further philosophical skills
- extend and deepen the philosophical knowledge acquired in previous philosophy courses
Philip Turetzky, Time, London, Routledge, 1998, available in the Library Hub Reserve (at shelf-mark BD638 Tur) and electronically via the Library / MyEd.
Barry Dainton, Time and Space, first edition Chesham, Acumen, 2001, second edition Durham Acumen 2010, multiple copies should be available in the Library Hub Reserve (at shelf-mark BD632 Dai). Virtually all the material we will be covering can be found in either edition of Dainton's (wonderful) book.
Robin Le Poidevin and Murray MacBeath, (edd.), The Philosophy of Time, (Oxford Readings in Philosophy), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993, multiple copies are available in the Library Hub Reserve (at shelf-mark BD638 Phi).
The weekly reading list is available on Learn.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- written skills (through summative essays)
- oral communication skills (through lecturer-led and/or student-led seminar discussions)
- presentation skills (through giving and criticising student presentations)
- analytical skills (through exploring a carefully-chosen series of philosophical texts)
- ability to recognise and critically assess an argument.
|Course organiser||Dr Alasdair Richmond
Tel: (0131 6)50 3656
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002