This module aims to introduce students to some central problems in two key areas of Philosophy - Epistemology & Metaphysics, and Moral & Political Philosophy - by helping them understand, and engage critically with, the arguments of two key figures in the history of these two areas: Rene Descartes and John Stuart Mill.
The following is a list of topics for this module in the 2015/16 academic year; precise seminar content may change from year to year.
- Descartes’ Life and the Philosophical Context
- The Attack on the Senses
- Dreaming and the Evil Demon
- Cogito Ergo Sum
- Mind and Body
- The Trademark Argument for the Existence of God
- The Cartesian Circle
- The Ontological Argument and Descartes’ Legacy
Timing and CATS
This module runs in the Autumn term and is worth 12 CATS (module code: PH128-12).
If you are a student from outside the Department, you can study the 15 CAT version of this module (module code: PH138-15). The examination paper for PH138-15 will be longer than that for PH128-12, but there is no difference in the lectures, seminars or unassessed work between the 12 and 15 CAT versions.