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PH128 - Descartes and Mill

  • Module code: PH128
  • Module name: Descartes and Mill
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to introduce students to some central problems in two key areas of Philosophy - Epistemology & Metaphysics, and Ethics - by helping them understand, and engage critically with, the main arguments in two classical texts in the history of these two areas, i.e. Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy and Mill's Utilitarianism.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: 1. Understand the main issues and arguments presented in the two key texts that are studied - Descartes’ Meditations and Mill’s Utilitarianism. 2. Critically engage with the main arguments of the texts, and articulate their own views of the relative strengths and weaknesses of these arguments.

Timetabled teaching activities

Autumn term. 2 lectures and 1 seminar per week.

Departmental link

http://www.go.warwick.ac.uk/ph128

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: PH128-12)
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 History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 1
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (G300) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) (GG14) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (Y602) - Year 1