Introduction to Analytic Philosophy A PHIL5112

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers key areas of analytic philosophy, and includes a general introduction to Analytic Philosophy followed by a section on Philosophical Logic, and two additional sections on topics such as Ethics and Philosophy of Language.


One two-hour session per week

Requirements of Entry

Available to students who meet the entry requirements for the MSc Conversion Philosophy programme or the MSc Conversion in Philosophy of Mind and Psychology.

Excluded Courses

Existing Introduction to Analytic Philosophy PHIL 5026


Introduction to Analytic Philosophy B


1 hour set exercise on Logic to be completed on Moodle (20%)

3000 word essay on one of the other main Modules (60%)

1000 word essay on the remaining main Module (20%)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ provide an introduction to a broad range of core topics in analytic philosophy, and a number of classic texts in the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ understand core topics in analytic philosophy, and central theories, arguments and lines of contemporary thought therein.

■ assess critically and to compare profitably some principal contemporary arguments and positions concerning core topics, and apply this in a quiz and in two essays.

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.