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PH9A9 - Self-Knowledge

  • Module code: PH9A9
  • Module name: Self-Knowledge
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Most people have heard of the Ancient Greek maxim “Know Thyself” and Socrates’ observation that the unexamined life isn’t worth living. But what is self-knowledge, and how is such a thing even possible for us? How do we gain self-knowledge, and is this kind of knowledge easy or difficult for us to have? How much self-knowledge can we have, and to what extent is self-ignorance something we have to live with? Why does self-knowledge matter anyway? Is it really true that a life without self-knowledge wouldn’t be worth living?

Timetabled teaching activities

This module will run in the Autumn term of the 2017/18 academic year.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PH9A9-30)
A (Assessed work only) 7500 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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