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PH201 - History of Modern Philosophy

  • Module code: PH201
  • Module name: History of Modern Philosophy
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The first part of this module, taught in the autumn term, covers the metaphysical and epistemological thought of three of the great Empiricist philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries – John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume. In this part of the module will look at the views of these philosophers on substance, qualities, ideas, causation, personal identity, and the self. The second part of this module, taught in the spring term is devoted to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. The following topics will be covered: Metaphysics, Space, the Categories, Objectivity, Self-Awareness, Substance, Causation, Scepticism, Freedom.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key ideas and arguments in the texts and topics covered in the module. 2. Critically engage with the main arguments of the texts, and articulate their own views of the relative strengths and weaknesses of these arguments. 3. Demonstrate sensitivity to some of the main differing interpretations of the key ideas and arguments presented in the texts.

Timetabled teaching activities

There will be three contact hours per week for every student, a two hour lecture for the full group of students and one large group seminar for one hour a week combining lecture and seminar-style discussion.

Departmental link

http://www.go.warwick.ac.uk/ph201

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
30 CATS (Module code: PH201-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) 2 x 1500 word essays 15%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V7) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MI) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4