Postgraduate Course: PhD Philosophy Proseminar (PHIL12001)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a general course for all first year Philosophy PhD students. The course will be taught by a different faculty member each week, and each week will focus on a different classic paper from across the discipline. Students will be expected to pre-read every week, and to make a short presentation at least once in each semester.
The syllabus will be available at the beginning of the course. It will vary from year to year. Each week a different member of staff will lead a discussion of an important paper or work of philosophy in their area of specialisation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 40,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formative feedback will be available from staff and peers as part of the weekly discussions.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of some key arguments and ideas from classic texts in diverse areas of philosophy
- demonstrate improved reading, discussion and presentation skills
|Readings vary from year to year based on staff interests and availability, but past readings have included:|
Brandom, Robert (2009). 'How Analytic Philosophy has Failed Cognitive Science' In his Reason in Philosophy, Harvard University Press.
Peirce, Charles Sanders (1878) "How to make our ideas clear" Popular Science Monthly 12: 286-302.
Churchland, Patricia. S., Ramachandran, V. S., & Sejnowski, T. J. (1994). A Critique of Pure Vision, In: C. Koch and J. Davis (Eds.), Large-Scale Neuronal Theories of the Brain (MIT Press, Cam. MA) 1-25.
Korsgaard, Christine M. (1989). Personal identity and the unity of agency: A Kantian response to Parfit. Philosophy and Public Affairs 18 (2):103-31.
Akins, Kathleen (1996). Of sensory systems and the "aboutness" of mental states. Journal of Philosophy 93 (7):337--372.
Quine, W.V.O. (1948). On What There Is. Review of Metaphysics 2 (5):21--36.
Frege, G.. (1948). Sense and Reference. The Philosophical Review, 57(3), 209-230.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical thinking; oral presentation; close and critically engaged reading
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course will be led by various members of faculty within Philosophy.
|Keywords||Philosophy; ethics; metaphysics; philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; philosophy of science
|Course organiser||Dr Alix Cohen
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002