Themes in the History of Philosophy PHIL5098
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
This is an MSc-level course which will focus on a specific theme in the History of Western Philosophy. Such themes include, but are not limited to, the Scottish Enlightenment, Kant, 20th Century Analytic Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, and Wittgenstein.
6 x fortnightly 2-hour seminar
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level.
Essay (5,000 words): 100%
This course aims to:
■ Develop students' undergraduate level understanding of a particular area in the History of Philosophy to a level which allow them to engage with contemporary positions and arguments in the field.
■ Enable students to articulate and critically evaluate their own position within these contemporary issues.
■ Provide a foundation in this field for future engagement in original research in an area in the History of Philosophy.
■ Provide the opportunity to achieve a foundation that equips the student for research leading to a Ph.D. in the issues connected to (an area of) the History of Philosophy.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Explain the leading positions and arguments in a key area or areas within the History of Philosophy.
■ Articulate arguments for and against these theories, and compare them and critically
■ Recognise and incorporate classic and contemporary positions and arguments in an area in the History of Philosophy into their own developing research fields where relevant
■ Develop an original philosophical argument in at least one subfield of the History of Philosophy
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.