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Introduction to Philosophy (PH133-30)

Timing & CATS

The module runs for the full 3 terms and is worth 30 CATS

Module Description

This is a first year core module for PPE students. Other students may be able to take the same course but without Logic, which has the module code PH134.

This module is team taught by a number of academic staff from the Philosophy department and will give you a wide-ranging introduction to some of the most important issues and works in philosophy. The areas covered will be:

Term 1: Ancient Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy
Term 2: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics
Term 3: Logic

Learning Outcomes or Aims

By the end of the module the student should be able to: 1.understand main debates in key subject areas of philosophy, such as moral and political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics, aesthetics, continental philosophy, and logic ; 2.articulate their own view of the relative merits of different positions in key debates and engage critically with other points of view; 3. critically analyse and evaluate philosophical arguments in different subject areas of philosophy ; 4.recognize the distinctive contributions made by various texts that are central to the history of philosophy and critically engage with the arguments presented therein.

Contact Time

In this module students are required to attend 2 hours per week of lectures and 1 hour per week of seminars.

Lectures 2017-18:

Term 1

Monday 6pm to 7pm in OC0.03 - the first lecture will be in week 2

Friday 3pm to 4pm in ARTS CINEMA - the first lecture will be in week 1

Term 2

Tuesday 6pm to 7pm in MS.02

Friday 12pm to 1pm in ARTS CINEMA

There will be no lectures in reading week (week 6)

Term 3

Tuesday 12pm to 1pm in MS.01

Wednesday 10am to 11am in OC0.03

Weeks 1-5 only

Seminars 2017-18

Seminars start in week 2 and run for the rest of the term

There will be no seminars in reading week (week 6)

Please sign up for a seminar group using Tabula.

Assessment Methods

This module can be assessed in the following ways:

  • 2 x 1,500 word essays (worth 15% of the module combined)
  • 1 x 3-hour exam (worth 85% of the module)

In term 3 unassessed work will consist of exercises to be submitted to your seminar tutor.

Course Materials

From October 2016 course materials will be available on Moodle. Simply sign in and select the module from your Moodle home page.

Module Convenor


Dr Kirk Surgener

K dot A dot Surgener at warwick dot ac dot uk