We offer Philosophy at undergraduate level as part of a BA (Joint-Honours) degree. Visit NUI Galway's Courses Page for information on how to apply, entry requirements and assessment.

 

Current Students

First Year

Please make sure you are familiar with our policies on Essay deadlines and penalties.

First Year Modules 2018/2019

  • Introduction to the History of Philosophy
  • Introduction to Practical Ethics
  • Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing
  • Philosophical Questions & Issues

Timetables

First Arts Timetable 2018 2019

Staff Representative for First Years:   

Dr. Heike Felzmann for semester one: heike.felzmann@nuigalway.ie

Student Representatives for First Years:   

David Flannery:   Email address: d.flannery9@nuigalway.ie
Janette Samuels: Email address: j.samuels1@nuigalway.ie
Morgan Walsh:     Email address: m.walsh114@nuigalway.ie
 Viktoria Pavlakova: Email address: v.pavlakova1@nuigalway.ie

Dates of Semesters (Teaching)

   Semester One:   Orientation 3rd September, 2018 - 7th September, 2018

                                        Teaching:     10th September, 2018 - 1st December, 2018

                                         Study Week:    3rd December, 2018 - 8th December, 2018

                                         Semester 1 Exams:   10th December, 2018 - 21st  December,  2018.

   Semester Two:   Teaching:      14th January, 2019 - 6th April,  2019

                                        Study Week:  11th April, 2019 - 18th April, 2019

                                        Semester 2 Exams:   23rd April, 2019 - 10th May, 2019

Autumn Exams:      6th August, 2019  - 16th August, 2019.

Sign up for your first year tutorials on Blackboard  under PI108 IIntroduction to Practical Ethic's module.     The link to the list of tutorials is on the left hand side under Tutorials.     Registration will be open on the 13th September, 2018 and the tutorials will commence the week of the 24th September, 2018.

Compulsory/Optional Courses:

All courses are compulsory for B.A. students (Joint Honours).     B.A. Connect students do not have to take PI120 Philosophical Questions and Issues.

Schedule of Courses:

Compulsory

Code

Course

Semester

ECTS

Examination

PI108

Introduction to Practical Ethics

1

5

Written Essay at the end of the Semester.

PI107

Introduction to History of Philosophy

2

5

2 hour written examination.
Essay work may be required.

PISK1100

Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing

1 & 2

5

Exam/Essay

PI120

Philosophical Questions and Issues

1 & 2

5

Essay/Essay

Individual Course Details:

Introduction to History of Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI107

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. O. Richardson

Course description:

The course will introduce students to key thinkers and ideas in the history of western philosophy. Since ancient philosophy is so central to this history, the first half of the course is devoted to some of its most important achievements in the work of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle. Attention is then turned to aspects of medieval philosophy, and the great rationalist and empiricist traditions (represented by Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, and Locke and Hume, respectively). Lectures will also be offered on Kant, Nietzsche, and the analytic and phenomenological traditions

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination:  Overall assessment is by written exam at the end of second semester.   Mid-term assignment may be required.

Core text:  
Copleston, History of Philosophy, Image Publishing
Guthrie, W. K. C., The Greek Philosophers from Thales to Aristotle, Methuen
Johnston, D., A Brief History of Philosophy, Continuum
Plato, Republic, Penguin
Russell, B., History of Western Philosophy, Routledge
Solomon, R. and Higgins, K., A Short History of Philosophy, Oxford
Stumpf, S. E., and Fieser, J., Socrates to Sartre and Beyond, McGraw Hill

Introduction to Practical Ethics 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI108

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. R. Hull

Course description: This course (Practical Ethics) provides a rigorous, but non-technical examination of a wide range of contemporary ethical issues. Indicative issues discussed include discrimination, free speech, sexuality, life and death, punishment and justice.  Excerpts will be taken from the core texts listed below.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written essay at the end of the first  semester. Written course work (essay) - if required is added to the evaluation

Core texts:
Andrew I. Cohen  and Christopher Heath Wellman, eds., Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2005). 
Peter Singer, Practical Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Hugh La Follette, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).
Hugh La Follette, ed., Ethics in Practice: An Anthology (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2006). 

Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PISK1100

1 & 2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. N. Tosh

Course description: Successful humanities students are sophisticated consumers and producers of arguments.   In this key skills module students will learn to distinguish arguments from other forms of persuasion; to map the argumentative structure of a complex text; to spot fallacious patterns of reasoning; and to plan and compose a strong argumentative essay.    Since these skills are not topic-specific, illustrations will be drawn from a range of academic disciplines.  No knowledge of philosophy will be assumed.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination:  Overall assessment is by an exam at the end of the first semester and an essay at the end of the second semester  Mid-term assignment may be required.

Core text:        
Fisher, A. (2011). Critical Thinking: An Introduction.
Bowell, T. and Kemp, G. (2010). Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide.

 
Philosophical Questions & Issues 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI120

1 & 2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturers: Dr. H. Felzmann/Dr. R. Hull                                                         -  Semester One
                        Prof. F. O Murchadha/ Dr. N. Tosh                                           -  Semester Two         

Course description: This course aims to introduce students to a diversity of philosophical approaches to the problem of meaning and value.   Issues covered will include some of the following: justice, poverty, love, death, genetics and human life, human rights, free will, violence and the meaning of life.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination:  Overall assessment is by an essay at the end of the first semester and an essay at the end of the second semester.  Mid-term assignment may be required.

Core text:
Law, S., The Philosophy Gym., chapters 3,5,12
Pink, T., Free Will: A very Short Introduction
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Various editions ED.
Bretall, R (ed.), A Kierkegaard Anthology
Plato, Symposium, various editions Ed.
De Beauvoir, The Second Sex
Barry, B., Democracy, power and justice
Glover, J., Choosing Children
Kymlicka, W, Contemporary Political Philosophy
Singer, P., A Companion to Ethics
Wolff, J., An Introduction to Political Philosophy,
John Locke, : “Of Identity and Diversity” (II. Xxvii), in Essay on Human Understanding    

Second Year

Entry requirements: A pass in First Arts Philosophy or its equivalent in the case of exchange and visiting students

Dates of Semesters (Teaching) 2018/2019

Semester One:   Teaching:   10th September, 2018 - 1st December, 2018

                                     Study Week: 3rd December, 2018 - 8th December, 2018

                                      Semester 1 Exams:  10th December, 2018 - 21st December, 2018

Semester Two:   Teaching: 14th January, 2019 - 6th April, 2019

                                     Study Week:   11th April, 2019 - 18th April, 2019

                                     Semester 2 Exams:   23rd April, 2019 - 10th May, 2019

Autumn Exams:   6th August, 2019   -  16th August, 2019

Staff Representative for second arts:    

Dr. Nick Tosh.    Email address is nick.tosh@nuigalway.ie

Student Representatives for second arts:    

Ulrike Hillerkuss.   Email address is u.hillerkuss1@nuigalway.ie
David Lydon.   Email address is d.lydon5@nuigalway.ie

 

Timetables:

2nd Arts Timetable 2018 2019

 Schedule of Courses:

For BA (Joint -Honours) students, six modules must be taken totalling 30 ECTS.    The Core module that must be taken is PI216 in Semester One. You must take two other Optional modules in that Semester 1.   In Second Semester, you must choose three Optional modules.

For BA Connect students they need to take 25 ECTS for the whole year.     You must take PI216 in Semester One.   The most modules that can be taken in a semester is three.  

Compulsary

Code

Course

Semester

ECTS

Examination

PI216

History of Modern Philosophy

1

5

2 hour written examination

Optional

PI2101

Information Ethics

1

5

By essay

PI210

Moral & Political Philosophy

1

5

By essay

PI248

Phenomenology

1

5

By essay 

PI2105

Philosophical Inquiry through P4C

1   

5   

Portifolio

PI240

Bioethics

2

5

By essay

PI2102

Formal Logic

2

5

2 hour written exam

PI255

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

2

5

By essay

PI247   

Nietzsche & Philosophy

2

5

By essay

PI2100

East Asian Philosophy & Culture

2

5

By essay

 

Individual Course Unit Details:

History of Modern Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI216

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturers:  Dr. T. Doyle/Professor F. O Murchadha

Professor F. O Murchadha will examine the development of Rationalism from Descartes to Kant. Special attention will be paid to the rationalist attempt to give a systematic account of both human and non-human reality. Dr Doyle will examine the relation between empirical science and metaphysics in the eighteenth century period of Enlightenment, with particular emphasis on the philosophies of Hume and Kant.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is based on written examination. Written course work (essay) - if required - is added to the evaluation.

Core Texts:
Selected passages from the following text will be considered:
Roger Ariew & Eric Watkins (eds) Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1998).

Moral & Political Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI210

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. Orla Richardson

Course description:   This course is an introduction to several important topics and questions in political and moral philosophy, such as:   What, if anything, legitimises governmental authority and the exercise of political power?    What is justice?   What is the nature of citizenship?   Is a free market a necessary component of a free society?   What principles ground our fundamental notions of property rights, freedom and equality?   To explore these questions, we will begin by reading extracts from the Ancients, primarily Plato and Aristotle.    We will then examine the ideas of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Kant.   Finally, we will review texts by more contemporary authors, including Rawls, Nozick and Foucault.   Overall, the aim of this course is to trace the ideas that have shaped our contemporary political systems and to equip us to think critically about what conditions make 'the good society' possible.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and evaluation:   Weekly submission of discussion question.  (10 questions in total).  Each discussion question is worth 3% = total of 30%.   The final essay at the end of the first semester is worth 70%.

Core Texts:
Excerpts will be taken mainly from the following source:  
Steven M. Cahn, ed.,  Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2011) 

Phenomenology

Code 

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI248

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. F. Ó Murchadha

Course description: This course will familiarize students with the methods and themes Phenomenology focusing on the work of Husserl and Heidegger. The course will concentrate especially on such themes as consciousness, intentionality, reduction, truth, emotion embodiment, and the other.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: This course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by essay at the end of the semester.   There will be marks attributed to a mid-term continuous assessment and participation also.

Core Texts:
Trans. Macquarrie, J. and Robinson, R. 2000, Heidegger, Martin:   Being and Time, Blackwell, Great Britain
Husserl, Edmund 1982, Ideas pertaining to a pure phenomenology and to a phenomenological philosophy, Kluwer, Dordrecht; London;
Welton, Donn (ed.): The Essential Husserl: Basic Writings in Transcendental Phenomenology (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999). 


Supplementary Reading
Bernet, Rudolf.: An Introduction to Husserlian phenomenology (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press,1993). 
Moran, Dermot: Introduction to Phenomenology (London: Routledge, 2000) 
Sokolowski, Robert.: Introduction to Phenomenology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000) 
Welton, Donn: The New Husserl: a critical reader (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003) 193 HUS 
Zahavi, Dan.: 2003 Husserl's phenomenology, Stanford University Press, Stanford.
O'Murchadha, F.: Reduction Externalism and Immanence in Husserl and Heidegger, Synthese 2008 Ed., Volume 160, Issue 3.
O'Murchadha, F.: 2013 The time of Revolution: Kairos and Chronos in Heidegger, Bloomsbury, London. 

 

Information Ethics
 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI2101

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. H.  Felzmann

Course description: This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of current and emerging ethical concerns in relation to the internet, big data and robotics, including issues such as online identity, privacy and robot-human interactions.  Philosophical reflection of core concepts will underlie the discussion of emerging concerns.  Preparation of weekly readings is an essential requirement for participation.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: This course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by essay.

Core Texts:
Luciano Floridi (Ed) 2010, The Cambridge Handbook of information and Computer Ethics
Helen Nissenbaum 2009, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy and integrity of Social Life, Stanford University Press.

 

Philosophical Inquiry through P4C

ENROLMENT:   : Philosophical inquiry Through P4C (PI2105) has a cap on enrolment.  There are only 20 places available on this module. To register, students must complete a brief online application form that can be accessed here. The date for submission of the application form has been extended to the 17th of September at 3pm.  This will give students an opportunity to attend introductory lectures in Week 1 and to finalise their registration by the start of Week 2. There is no online registration available for this module. Students will be notified by the 18th of September as to whether or not they have secured a place.  Please note that there will be a weekend training event on the 22nd and 23rd of September.  Attendance at this training event is compulsory for any student registered for PI2105.  

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI2105

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Instructors: Dr. Orla Richardson, Ms. Lucy Elvis, Ms. Annie McKeown O'Donovan

Course description:   This module focuses on an educational approach to learning called Philosophy for Children (P4C).   P4C is a form of inquiry-based learning that encourages critical thinking through democratic dialogue. It fosters critical, creative, and caring thinking skills amongst all types of learners.  Through this internationally-practised pedagogy, groups of learners become 'communities of inquiry', tackling philosophical questions they themselves identify and formulate.   Through thinking together, these communities learn to challenge assumptions, give reasons and cultivate their critical thinking skills.   

The module will provide students with a theoretical introduction to the P4C pedagogy, the opportunity to experience the pedagogy as members of a community of inquiry, and the skills needed to become a P4C facilitator.   Students will develop their own facilitation practice by delivering P4C workshops (in pairs) to groups of NUIG 1st year philosophy students on campus at NUIG.

Prerequisites: None. However, students must complete the online application form available here.

Teaching and learning methods:  This course is taught through a mixture of lectures and seminar-based learning.

Module Texts:

You are not required to purchase a textbook. All extracts from primary texts will be available on Blackboard. However, there is a list of suggested preparatory core readings below:

Blake, N., Smyers, P., Smith, R. & Standish, P., 2003. The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Education. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Dewey, J., 1938. Education and Experience. New York: Collier Books.

Gregory, M., Haynes, J. & Murris, K. (eds), 2017. The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

 Lipman, M., 2003. Thinking in Education, 205-242. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 Sharp, A. M., 2017. In Community of Inquiry with Ann Margaret Sharp: Childhood, Philosophy and Education, edited by Gregory, M. & Lafferty, M., 76-87. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.

 Module Assessment:

1) Satisfactory attendance and active participation in all classes including assigned facilitation of P4C workshops is required Active participation requires a commitment to listening and observing, speaking and sharing ideas, and critically reflecting both privately and as part of a community. You are also expected to attend all class sessions. If you cannot attend due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your instructor with the details. Participation grade: 15% of your final grade. Attendance at each assigned facilitation and accompanying reflection class will count towards to your participation grade. Facilitation 10% (5 x 2%) and reflection classes 5% (5 x 1%).

 2) Students are required to submit a detailed “theory-to-practice” portfolio. In this portfolio, students will engage in theoretical reflection on the P4C pedagogy in response to short readings and will assess the impact of that reflection on their classroom practices. 85% of final grade.

(a) Portfolio entries: 60% of your final grade.

Portfolio entry 1: Group A Monday 15/10/18, Group B Friday 19/10/18, 5pm (12%)

Portfolio entry 2: Group A Monday 22/10/18, Group B Friday 26/10/18 5pm (12%)

Portfolio entry 3: Group A Tuesday 30/10/18, Group B Friday 02/11/18 5pm (12%)

Portfolio entry 4: Group A Monday 5/11/18, Group B Friday 09/11/18 5pm (12%)

Portfolio entry 5: Group A Monday 12/11/18, Group B Friday 16/11/18 5pm (12%)

 (b) Book module and associated lesson plan: 25% of your final grade. Due Friday 30/11/18, 5pm. Pairs who facilitate together must complete this assignment together. The choice of book is yours from the list of books provided.  Elements required:

a) Summary of book (2%)

b) Conceptual analysis (10%)

c) 1 Activity to deepen understanding of concepts (5%)

d) Connect to another subject in curriculum or to society (real world implication) (5%)

e) Accompanying lesson plan specifying delivery of content - resources needed, time management, specific roles and a detailed narration (3%)

 

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art  

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI255

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. G. Cipriani

Course description:  This module introduces students to key thinkers, topics and debated in the understanding of our aesthetic responses to art and nature.    It give particular emphasis to the ontological and cognitive bases of different art forms and to the condition of their critical evaluation.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods:   This course is lecture based - supplemented by tutorials

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by essay.

Core Texts:
Clive Cazeaux,  The Continental Aesthetics Reader.
Joseph Tanke and Colin McQuillan, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics.
Jerrold Levinson, Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics.
Berys Gaut and Dominic McIver Lopes, The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics.
Stephen David Ross, Art and its Significance.
Paul Crowhter, Defining Art, Creating the Canon.
Colin Lyas,  Aesthetics.
Gordon Graham, Philosophy of the Arts:    An Introduction to Aesthetics.



 

Bioethics

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI240

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: TBA

Course description: This seminar is concerned with contemporary issues in Bioethics.  It will introduce a variety of normative ethical theories to provide a foundation for the critical analysis of a range of issues arising from the biological and medical sciences. These are likely to include abortion, euthanasia/physician assisted suicide, disability, genetic modification and resource allocation. It is intended that students will gain knowledge of moral philosophy that equips them to evaluate some of the most pressing dilemmas facing biomedical practice.

Prerequisites:  None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials

Methods of assessment and evaluation: Overall assessment is by essay

Core texts:      
Beauchamp, T., & Childress, J., Principles of Biomedical Ethics, OUP, 1994.
Singer, P. (Ed), A Companion to Ethics, Blackwell, 1993.

 

Formal Logic

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI2102

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. N. Tosh

Course description: Formal logic is the systematic study of deductive reasoning. It is motivated by such questions as 'what does it mean to say that a piece of reasoning is "correct"?', 'how can we tell when a piece of reasoning is correct?', and 'could we program a machine to do the job for us?' The course begins with the concept of validity, and then moves on to cover sentence logic, truth tables, natural deduction, and elementary predicate logic. Throughout, we lean heavily on Paul Teller's Logic Primer, now freely available online (http://tellerprimer.ucdavis.edu/). No previous knowledge is assumed, but good study habits are essential. Readings and practice exercises will be set each week, and students who fall behind may find it difficult to catch up.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: This course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written exam.

Core Texts:
Paul Teller, A Modern Formal Logic Primer, http://telleprimer.ucdavis.edu/

 

East Asian Philosophy & Culture

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI21OO

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. G. Cipriani

Course description: This module introduces the students to East Asian philosophy in relation to culture, mainly Chinese and Japanese.  The lectures are designed to make students aware of the basics of fundamental philosophical and cultural traditions such as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Shinto.    The lectures also explore the ways such traditions have been reinterpreted in contemporary East Asian cultures when exposed to Western ideas for example in Maoism or The Kyoto School.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: This course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written essay

Core Texts:
Koller, J.M. & P. 1991, A Sourcebook in Asian Philosophy
Bresnan, P.S. 2007, Awakening : An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought
Koller, J.M. 2007, Asian Philosophies
Fung, Y.-L. 1997, A Short History of Chinese Philosophy
Izutsu Toshihiko (1982), Toward a Philosophy of Zen Buddhism
Heisig, J.W. and Kasulis, T.P. (2011), Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook

Nietzsche & Philosophy

Code Semester Contact hours/Weekly ECTS         
PI247 2 2 (Tutorials not included) 5

Lecturer:   Dr. T. Doyle 

Course Description:  This course shall introduce students to some of the central themes informing the philosophical writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.   Comprising a close reading of his writings' it offers students an opportunity to explore such concepts as perspectivism, the will to power, nihilism, the death of God, master and slave morality, genealogy, the Ubermensch and eternal recurrence.  Nietzsche's response to traditional philosohical problems of truth and knowledge and his use of the language of falsification and illusion shall also be considered.   All students shall be expected to engage in class discussions.

Prerequisities:   None

Teaching and Learning Methods:   This course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of Assessment and Examination:   Overall assessment is by written essay.

Core Texts:
Ansell Pearson, Keith and Large, Duncan (eds) 2006,  The Nietzsche Reader, Blackwell.
Clarke, Maudemarie 1990, Nietzsche on Truth and Philosophy, Cambridge University Press.
Ansell Pearson, Keith, (ed.) 2006, A companion to Nietzsche, Blackwell.
May, Simon 1999, Nietzsche's Ethics and his War on 'Morality', Clarendon Press.
Schacht, Richard 1983, Nietzsche, Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Solomon, Robert C., and Higgins, Kathleen m. 1988, Reading Nietzsche, Oxford University Press.

Final Year

Entry requirements: A pass in Second Arts Philosophy or its equivalent in the case of visiting and exchange students. Students registered for the B.A. (International) must also have attained a satisfactory academic performance during their year abroad.

Dates of Semesters (Teaching) 2018/2019

Semester One:    Teaching:  10th September, 2018 - 1st December,  2018

                                       Study Week:   3rd December,  2018 - 8th  December, 2018

                                       Semester 1 Exams:   10th December, 2018 - 21st December, 2018

Semester Two:      Teaching: 14th January, 2019 -  6th April, 2019

                                         Study Week:   11th  April, 2019 - 18th April, 2019

                                          Semester 2 Exams:   23rd  April, 2019 - 10th  May, 2019.

Autumn Exams:     6th August, 2019      -    16th August 2019.

Staff Representative for Third Arts:

Dr. Richad Hull,:   Email address is richard.hull@nuigalway.ie

Student Representative for Third Arts:    

Ruth Sweeney:   Email address is r.sweeney10@nuigalway.ie

 

Timetables:

‌‌3rd Arts Timetable 2018 2019

Optional Courses:

Six of the following courses are to be taken. At least three modules must be taken in each semester.  

Schedule of Courses:

Code

Course

Semester

ECTS

Examination

PI3100

 

Kant's Theoretical Philosophy

1

5

Continuous Assessment plus an essay to be submitted at the end of semester 1.

PI327     Philosophy of Religion  1  5 Continuous Assessment plus an essay to be submitted at the end of semester 1

PI335

Moral Theory

1

5

Continual Assessment plus an essay

PI315

Philosophy of Mind

1

5

By essay

PI310

Topics in Applied Philosophy

1

5

2 hour written examination.

PI246

American Pragmatism

1

5

2 hour written examination. Essay work may be required.          

 

PI331

Readings in Metaphysics

2

5

By essay

PI232                      Topics in Theoretical Philosophy   5 By essay 

PI129

Advanced Philosophical Text

2

5

By essay

PI241

History of Irish Thought

2

5

By essay

PI399

Extended Essay

2

5

By essay

 

Individual Course Unit Details:

 

Moral Theory

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI335

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. H. Felzmann

Course description: This course will introduce students to the principal positions in contemporary moral theory including consequentialism, deontology and virtue theory, drawing on core historical authors such as Mill, Kant, and Aristotle, as well as contemporary theories, such as the principle-based approach to bioethics, casuistry, care ethics and narrative ethics.  Preparation of weekly readings and willingness to participate constructively in class discussion are essential requirements for participation.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods:  The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials

Methods of assessment and evaluation: Overall assessment is based on continued assessment. Written course work (essay), if required, is added to the evaluation

Core text:
Mark Timmons, Moral Theory: An Introduction, Lanham, Md, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

 
Kant's Theoretical Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI3100

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. T. Doyle

Course description: This module examines Kant's theoretical philosophy by focussing on his arguments for transcendental idealism in the Critique of Pure Reason.   Particular attention will be paid to Kant's ambitious aim to establish the objectivity of Newtonian science whilst leaving room for the possibility of God, freedom and immortality by focussing on his arguments for the transcendental ideality of space and time, his argument for the transcendental deduction of the categories, his distinction between phenomena and noumena, the argument of the Analogies and Antinomies.   The modules also incorporates a number of revision exercises to help with student learning and understanding of the text.

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is based on a written  essay at the end of the semester.  Continuous Assessment  - is added to the evaluation

Core texts:
Selected passages from the following texts shall be considered:
Sebastian Gardner, Routledge philosophy guidebook to Kant and the Critique of Pure Reason, London; Routledge, 1999.
Kant, Immanuel, Critique of Pure Reason, (MacMillan, 1929), translated by Norman Kemp Smith.
James O'Shea, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason:  An Introduction, Acumen Publishing.
Jay F. Rosenberg, Accessing Kant, Clarendon Press; 2005. Oxford.
(A detailed list of readings will be distributed at the beginning of the course.)

Philosophy of Mind

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI315

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. J. O'Reilly

Course description: This course will consist in the analysis and discussion of a selection of the following topics:  the dualistic conception of the person; the critique of dualism; behaviourism as a philosophy of mind; the mind-brain identity theory; eliminative materialism; the 'mystery' of subjectivity; Searle's biological naturalism; the 'mental science' project; functionalism; artificial intelligence.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by an essay at the end of the semester.   Written course work (essay) - if required - is added to the evaluation

Core texts:  Jaegwon Kim 2011, Philosophy of Mind, Westview Press Colorado.
C.V. Borst (ed) 1970,  The Mind-Brain Identity Theory, The MacMillan Press.
Jerry A. Fodor 1975, The languge of thought, Crowell New York.
Ned Block 1980, Readings in Philosophy of Psychology, Harvard University Press.
Lawrence Shapiro 2011, Embodied Cognition, Routledge.

American Pragmatism

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI246

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. T. Doyle

Course description: This course shall examine some of the central themes at the heart of American pragmatism.   We shall begin by addressing the historical and scientific background informing the emergence of the pragmatist movement in nineteenth-century America.   Taking the pragmatist denial of absolute beliefs as our guiding theme, the course shall explore the pragmatist writings of William James in the nineteenth-century and Richard Rorty in the twentieth-century.  In particular, we shall focus on James's rejection of philosophical oppositions.  Finally, we shall turn to the neo-pragmatism of Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature paying particular attention to both his critique of the representational view of the mind and his recommendation of social pragmatism.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials

Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is based on written examination. Written course work (essay) - if required - is added to the evaluation

Core text:
A detailed list of prescribed readings will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

 
Topics in Applied Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI310

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. R. Hull

Course Description:   This course is concerned with the application of the study of philosophy to issues of pressing public concern. It takes the experiences of disability and social deprivation as case studies and looks at how such experiences can best be theoretically articulated. Particular attention is given to rival theories of human freedom and their relevance to contemporary social and political debates. Attention is also focused on how different theories of justice and morality imply very different social responses to the issues of disability and deprivation. Subjects covered include Rawls’ theory of freedom, Nozick's libertarianism, the acts/omissions distinction and the doctrine of double effect. The course is designed to give students an analytical background that can be used to explore other contemporary social and political issues. 

Prerequisites:   None

Teaching and Learning Methods:   This course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials

Methods of Assessment and Examination:  Overall assessment is based on a written exam.   Written course work  - if required - is added to the evaluation. 

Core Text:
Barnes, C., Disabled people in Britain and discrimination, Hurst and co, 1991. [346.42013 BAR]Bynoe, I.,  Oliver, M.,  & Barnes, C.,  Equal Rights for Disabled People: the case for a new law, Institute for Public Policy Research, 1991. [346.013]
Glover, J., Causing death and saving lives, Penguin Books, 1977. [179.7 GLO]
Gray, T, Freedom, Macmillan, 1991. [323.44]
Kymlicka, W. Contemporary Political Philosophy, Clarendon Press, 1990. [320.50904]
Nozick, R., Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Blackwell, 1974. [320.101 NOZ]
Pogge, T.W, Realizing Rawls, Cornell University Press, 1989. [320.001 RAW.P]Rawls, J. A Theory of Justice, Oxford University Press, 1974. [340.11]

 
Philosophy of Religion

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI327

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. F. O Murchadha

Course Description:   This course will discuss one of the principle problems of the philosophy of religion, namely the relation of faith and reason.     The relation of faith and reason has been a matter of controversy since the early Christian thinkers.   In modernity, with a revised account of reason and rationality, the question became increasingly complex and the philosophical positions on this issue increasingly divergent.    We will look at five philosophers from the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth/Twenty First Centuries:  Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Levinas and Marion.

Prerequisites;   None.

Teaching and Learning Methods:  This course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of Assessment and examination:  Overall assessment is based on written essay.   Written course work (essay) - if required - is added to the evalution.

Core Text:  A detailed Reading List will be given out at the beginning of the course

 
Readings in Metaphysics

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI331

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr.  F. O Murchadha

Course description: This is a text-based course concentrating on a classical metaphysical text from the history of philosophy (e.g. Plato's Parmenides). Guided by this specific text, questions concerning, inter alia, being, non-being, substance, possibility, cause, god and nature will be discussed. The discussion will be both informed by historical scholarship and focused on the systematic questions and issues as they arise.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods:  The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials

Methods of assessment and evaluation: Overall assessment is based on continued assessment. Written course work (essay), if required, is added to the evaluation

Core text:
Plato 1996, Parmendies, Hackett London [ISBN: 087220328X]

Supplementary Reading:
Vishwa Adluri 2011, Parmenides, Plato and Mortal Philosophy, Continuum London [ISBN: 1441166009]
Palmer, John 2002, Plato's Reception of Parmenides, Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 0199251592]
Rickless, Samuel 2009, Plato's Forms in Transition, Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 0521110483]
Vlastos, Gregory 2005, Plato's Universe, Parmenides Publishing [ISBN: 193097213X]
Annas, Julia 2003, Plato: A very Short Introduction, Oxford University press oxford [ISBN: 019280216X]

History of Irish Thought

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI241

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. J. O'Reilly

Course description: This course (History of Irish Thought) covers the history of Irish thought from the seventh century to the twentieth century, focusing in some detail on the ideas of selected individual thinkers.   The course begins with the thought of the Irish Augustine, an Irish monk from the seventh century.    It continues with an examination of the work of the great ninth-century thinker, John Scottus Eriugena.    The bulk of the course will discuss the thought of the modern thinkers, including Robert Boyle, John Toland, George Berkeley, Jonathan Swift, Francis Hutcheson and Edmund Burke.

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and evaluation: The course will be evaluated by essay.   

Core Texts:
Duddy, T:  A History of Irish Thought, Routledge, 2002.

Advanced Philosophical Text

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI129

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Dr. N. Tosh

Course description: This module allows students to read a philosophical text in much greater detail than is allowed by an ordinary survey course.    The choice of text will allow teaching to follow specific research interests developed by the lecturer in charge of the course. 

Prerequisites: None

Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

Methods of assessment and evaluation: The course will be evaluated by essay.

Core Texts:  A reading list will be handed out at the beginning of the semester.

 
Topics in Theoretical Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI232

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Jonathan O'Rourke.

Course DescriptionThis module will deal with issues of theoretical philosophy with the fields of ethics, epistemology of metaphysics. Topics discussed may include the relation of is and ought, questions of truth and right, the issue of being and nothingness and the problem of justice.   

Prerequisites:   None

Teaching and Learning Methods:   This course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials

Methods of Assessment and Examination:  Overall assessment is based on a written essay.   Written course work (essay) - if required - is added to the evaluation. 

Core Text:   Mark van Roojen 2015, Metaethics (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy), Routledge London [ISBN: 978-041589442]

Extended Essay

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI399

2

Tutorials by appointment

5

The extended essay is intended to allow you to demonstrate the full range of your understanding of some of the major themes of Philosophy that you have been studying for the past three years. While you should, therefore, not be afraid of being ambitious in terms of scope of the argument that you present, you should not forget that you are by now expected to maintain high standards in supporting and documenting the argument that you make. You should choose an essay title reflecting the main research interest you developed in Philosophy during the years of your study. You are required to discuss the choice of essay topic with a lecturer. You are also required to obtain supervision of your essay from a full-time member of staff.

Core Text:
A.C.Grayling 2007, Philosophy 1: a guide through the subject, Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 978-019875243]
A.C.Grayling 1999, Philosophy 2: further guide through the subject, Oxford University Press USA [ISBN: 978-019875178]

Read our guidelines for writing the extended essay.