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Undergraduate Course: The Philosophy of David Lewis (PHIL10184)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is overview of the work of David Lewis - one of the most important philosophers of the 20th Century.
Course description David Lewis (1941-2001) was one of the most important philosophers of the 20th Century. He made significant contributions to philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, decision theory, epistemology, meta-ethics and aesthetics, and most significantly to philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Despite the wide range of issues addressed in Lewis' work there is a unifying method and systematicity. This course is intended to provide an overview of Lewis' contributions by focusing on some of his key writings on various topics such as modal metaphysics, human supervienience, analytic functionalism, counterfactuals, counterpart theory, de se content, contextualism about knowledge, scorekeeping in a language game, etc. The course is oriented around a single philosopher and his work, but attention will also be given to the connections between Lewis' philosophy and the enduring problems of traditional philosophy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students studying MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) or Law are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organizer before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand some of Lewis' most significant contributions to philosophy.
  2. Deploy general analytical skills to address philosophical problems.
  3. Do independent research, and then concisely present a philosophical argument.
  4. Understand the connections between Lewis' philosophy and the enduring problems of philosophy
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDavid Lewis,metaphysics,epistemology,philosophy of language,philosophy of mind
Course organiserDr Mahrad Almotahari
Tel: (0131 6)67 7290
Course secretaryMiss Susan Scobie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5505
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