20 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: PHI211, PHI225
Pre-requisites: No


Aims/Description: Epistemology and metaphysics are two of the core philosophical disciplines. Within epistemology, central questions include: What is the nature of knowledge? What is it to see something? Does the possibility that a given instance of `seeing' might be dreamt undermine observational knowledge? In addressing these questions, amongst, others, the module will outline theories of knowledge, perception and engage with scepticism. Within metaphysics, central questions include: What is a property? What work do properties do in our understanding of the world? In addressing these questions, amongst others, the module will outline theories of properties, possible worlds and truth makers.

Restrictions on availability: No

Staff Contact: Sally Weston
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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