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Philosophy in Practice (PH137-15)

Programme content

The aim of the course is develop students’ philosophical skills more generally, by putting them into practice. The aim is to get students to engage philosophically with current affairs and to present the fruits of that engagement in an accessible and professional manner.

The module is designed to help students work independently during the course of their degree. It is primarily project-based: students will produce a précis and a report on a philosophical topic of contemporary interest, e.g., ethics of climate change, assisted suicide, bringing to bear philosophical skills and understanding acquired on the course. Students will also be required to give a formal presentation of their research.

This will be set against a backdrop of a series of lectures on: (i) critical reasoning, e.g. developing skills in argument reconstruction and assessment; (ii) consideration of philosophical treatments of contemporary issues. Students will also be required to undertake a Moodle course that will develop their research skills.

Module Director:

Simon Scott

Sample reading list (PDF Document)

Topics covered

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.

  • Critical reasoning
  • Torture
  • World poverty
  • Abortion
Timing and CATS

This module runs in the Autumn Term and is worth 15 CATS.