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PH121 - Issues In Philosophy

  • Module code: PH121
  • Module name: Issues In Philosophy
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will introduce students to some important issues in epistemology, philosophy of mind and metaphysics. The first few sessions will be on knowledge and scepticism. Sceptical scenarios are familiar in philosophy (Descartes), and in Hollywood (The Matrix). One question, then, is: can you know that you are not actually in a sceptical scenario? For example, can you know you are not in a Matrix-style scenario? If not, can you know any of the things you ordinarily think you know? Some philosphers argue that if you can't know you are not in a sceptical scenario then you can't know many of the things you think you know. Philosophers who argue in this way rely on something called the principle of epistemic closure so the first couple of lectures will focus on this principle. The next few sessions will be on the nature of belief. The last few sessions will be on the nature of persons and personal identity.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should have acquired a good understanding of some key issues in metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of mind. They should be able to 1. understand the main debates over the nature of knowledge, belief and persons 2. articulate their own view of the relative merits of different positions in these debates 3 critically analyseand evaluate philosophical arguments 4 display knowledge of key historical texts concerning knowledge, belief and persons.

Timetabled teaching activities

Autumn term. 2 lectures and 1 seminar per week.

Departmental link

http://www.go.warwick.ac.uk/ph121

Other essential notes

Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: PH121-12)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 1
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 1
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 1
  • BSc Computing Systems (G400) - Year 1
  • MEng Computing Systems (G402) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Computer Science (G500) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Computer Science MEng (G503) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Computer and Management Sciences (G5N1) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 1