Undergraduate Course: Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the main problems in epistemology and metaphysics. Topics vary by year, and may include: defining knowledge, scepticism, testimony, disagreement, modality, universals and particulars, causation, free will, and social/feminist metaphysics and epistemology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Outside students are welcome to take this course. There are no official pre-requisites, and the course will not presuppose material from previous philosophy courses. However, students should be aware that, as this is a second year course, having a background in philosophy is an advantage.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Philosophy course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The course will be assessed by a Mid-Term Essay (25%), Short Assignments (5%), and a Final Assignment (70%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the distinctive methods of philosophy.
- Understand the basic problems of epistemology and metaphysics.
- Appreciate of the value of characteristically philosophical ways of thinking.
- Articulate and defend philosophical positions in epistemology and metaphysics.
- Analyze and critically evaluate arguments in epistemology and metaphysics.
|Course organiser||Dr Aidan McGlynn
Tel: (0131 6)51 6333
|Course secretary||Ms Vera Spiliotakou
Tel: (0131 6)50 3628