Visiting Students

First Year

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First Year Modules 2017/2018

  • Introduction to the History of Philosophy
  • Introduction to Practical Ethics
Timetables - Only courses listed below are relevant to Visiting students.

First Arts Timetable for 2017/2018

 

Dates of Semesters (Teaching)

Semester One:   Teaching;    4th September, 2017 - 25th November, 2017

                                     Study Week:  27th November, 2017 - 2nd December, 2017

                                    Semester 1 Exams:    4th December, 2017 - 15th December, 2017

Semester Two:  Teaching:   15th January, 2018 - 24th March, 2018
                                                             9th April, 2018 - 21st April, 2018

                                    Study Week:   23rd April, 2018 - 28th April, 2018

                                    Semester 2 Exams:  30th  April, 2018 - 17th May, 2018

   Autumn Exams:         7th August, 2018  - 17th August, 2018

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Optional Courses:

Schedule of Courses:

Optional

Code

Course

Semester

ECTS

Examination

PI108

Introduction to Practical Ethics

2

5

Written Essay at the end of the Semester.

PI107

Introduction to History of Philosophy

1

5

2 hour written examination.

Essay work may be required.

Individual Course Details:

 

Introduction to History of Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI107

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. T. Doyle/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 first 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

2

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 second 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). 

Second Year

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

Timetables

Second Arts Timetable for 2017/2018

Schedule of Courses:

Optional

PI216

History of Modern Philosophy

1

5

2 hour written examination

PI2101

Information Ethics

1

5

By essay

PI210

Moral & Political Philosophy

1

5

By essay

PI240

Bioethics

2

5

By essay

PI248

Phenomenology

2

5

By essay

PI2102

Formal Logic

2

5

2 hour written exam

PI247

Nietzsche & Philosophy

2

5

By essay

PI234

Topics in Practical Philosophy

1

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/Mr. G. Querini

Course Description : Mr. Querini 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. G. Cipriani/Dr. O. 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 evaluationWeekly 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 sources:
Steven M. Cahn, ed., Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy.  (Oxford University Press, 2011) 
 

Bioethics

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI240

2

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer:  Dr. R. Hull

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.

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.

 

Topics in Practical Philosophy 

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI234

1

2 (Tutorials not included)

5

Lecturer: Ms. L.M. Elvis

Course description:  This module will deal with a fundamental text in practical philosophy, discussing the issues of the role of philosophical reflection with respect to human practice, the role of the 'good life' in understanding ethics, the place of virtue with respect to moral 'ought', the role of pleasure and self-love with respect to ethics, as well as questions of justice, happiness and moral motivation.

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:

Aristotle: trans. by R. Crisp 2014, Nicomachean Ethics, Cambridge University Press.

 

Phenomenology

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI248

2

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


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 philosophical 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.

Dates of Semesters: 2017/2018

Semester One:      Teaching:      4th September, 2017 - 25th November, 2017

                                         Study Week:   27th November, 2017 - 2nd December, 2017

                                          Semester 1 Exams: 4th December, 2017 - 15th December, 2017

Semester Two:         Teaching:   15th January, 2018 - 24th March, 2018
                                                                    9th April, 2018 -21st April, 2018

                                           Study Week:   23rd April, 2018 - 28th April, 2018

                                           Semester 2 Exams: 30th April, 2018 - 17th May, 2018.

Autumn Exams:        7th August, 2018 -17th August, 2018

Timetables

New Third Arts Timetable for 2017 2018

Optional Courses:

Code

Course

Semester

ECTS

Examination

PI3100

Kant's Theoretical Philosophy

1

5

Continuous Assessment plus an essay at the end of Semester 1. 

PI327   

Philosophy of Religion

1

5

Continuous Assessment plus an essay at the end of Semester 1

PI335

Moral Theory

1

5

Continual Assessment plus an essay

PI315

Philosophy of Mind

1

5

By essay

PI246

American Pragmatism

1

5

2 hour written examination. Essay work may be required. 

 

PI331

Readings in Metaphysics

2

5

By essay

PI310

Topics in Applied Philosophy

2

5

By exam

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 language 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.

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 a written essay.   Written course work (essay)- if required - is added to the evaluation.

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, Parmenides, 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]

A selection of texts will be made available at the beginning of the course.

 

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 Text:  A reading will be handed out at the beginning of the course.

Topics in Applied Philosophy

Code

Semester

Contact hours / weekly

ECTS

PI310

2

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 (essay) - 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 BYN]
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]

Other resources:
To be posted on Blackboard.

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]

Please read our guidelines for writing the extended essay.