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Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Time MSc (PHIL11081)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description '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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. develop further philosophical skills
  2. extend and deepen the philosophical knowledge acquired in previous philosophy courses
Reading List
Main texts:
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.

Highly recommended:
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.
Additional Information
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.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alasdair Richmond
Tel: (0131 6)50 3656
Course secretaryMs Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3860
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