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Introduction to Philosophy for Phil/lit students (PH135-30)

Timing & CATS

The module runs for the Autumn and Spring term and is worth 30 CATS

Module Description

This is a first year core module for Philosophy & Literature students. Other students may be able to take the same course (but it has a different module code PH134)

This module will be 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 specific areas covered will be: Term 1: Ancient Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy; Term 2: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics.

Term 1 and 2 lectures and materials are the same as those for PH133.

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 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminars per week.

Lectures 2016-17

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

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 will be assessed in the following way:

  • 2 x 1,500 word essays (worth 15% of the module)
  • 1 x 3-hour exam (worth 85% of the module)
Unassessed work will form part of the tutorial work and should be submitted as requested to tutorial leaders.

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