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Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Time MSc (Semester 1) (PHIL11128)

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. No detailed logical 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.

Shared with UG course Philosophy of Time (S1) PHIL10144.

Formative feedback:
- opportunity to submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
- students can obtain feedback from Dr Richmond and peers during tutorials
- MSc-only advice session approximately two weeks before the hand-in date for summative essays
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Philosophy of Time MSc (PHIL11081)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Students who take this course should be equipped to explore, discuss and analyse classical and contemporary issues in the philosophy of time and thereby acquire confidence in dealing with these issues. In particular, they should be enabled to explore critically topics that include the following:
* The status of time and eternity in Plato and Aristotle
* The rejection of time in Sextus Empiricus, McTaggart and Kurt Godel
* Temporal topology: linearity, circularity and dimensionality
* Tensed versus tenseless accounts of time
* Endurantist and perdurantist accounts of persistence
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).
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will run twice; once in semester 1 and again in semester 2. Students taking the course must only attend either semester 1 OR semester 2 and NOT both semesters.

Taught by Dr Alasdair Richmond
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alasdair Richmond
Tel: (0131 6)50 3656
Course secretaryMs Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3860
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