Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
completion of level 5 philosophy core modules or permission of the module convener
Imagine you were Wittgenstein, or Quine, or Davidson, or Collingwood, or Heidegger or any other great philosopher of the twentieth century. What is your point of view on the debates that have shaped the concerns of twentieth century philosophy? What is it that you would have to say about philosophers whose work you have not actually read because they happened to write after your death? In this module you will be asked to engage with twentieth century philosophy through the eyes of a particular philosopher. You will be asked to reconstruct the history of twentieth century philosophy from their particular point view and assess the strength of their philosophical position in relation to their philosophical predecessors and successors. In some cases the debates will be historical debates that have actually taken place between the philosopher studied and other great philosophical figures; in other cases you will be asked to imagine what views a philosopher might have defended had he or she lived to witness later philosophical developments or what he or she might have had to say about his/her successors.The module is assessed as follows:3,000 word essay (70% of module mark)1,000 word quotation-based essay (30% of module mark).The module will be taught in 8 2-hour interactive lectures and 7 1-hour seminars
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phi-30027/lists
To enable students to view the history of twentieth century philosophy form the perspective of a thinker whose work engages with themes/concerns at the forefront of philosophical investigation in the twentieth century.
Intended Learning Outcomes
The module lasts for a semester and is comprised of:16 x 1 hour lectures7 x 1 hour seminarsSeminars will lag one week behind the lectures and end in the same week as the lectures.Breakdown of study hours:Interactive lectures: 16 hoursseminars: 7 hoursPrivate study: 40 hoursseminar preparation: 35 hourspreparation for essay: 35 hourspreparation for quotation-based essay 17 hours
EITHER successful completion of the core Level 2 modules in Philosophy OR by permission of the module convenor.
1: Essay weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
1,000 word quotation-based essayStudents are required to comment on a quotation from one of the text studied, demonstrating understanding of its significance in the context of the author's project. They should be able to criticlly engage and evaluate with the claim made in the quotation and understand its significance for the history of philosophy.2: Essay weighted 70%
2,000 word essay from a list of topicsAn essay on a question chosen from a list of questions in the module guide