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Michaelmas Term 2016
Essay Titles
Senior Freshman Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, and Sociology

PPES students must submit a total of THREE essays and ONE logic tests as follows:
PI2008 History of Philosophy II AB:  2 essays
PI2012 Logic:  1 test
PI2013 Philosophy of Science: 1 essay

  • Essays must not exceed 1500 words in length.
  • It is important for students to complete ESSAY COVER SHEETS in FULL when submitting essays to the Department (including Student name, ID number, email address, module, component, and name of your Teaching Assistant). Essay Cover Sheets with these headings are available from the Dept. Office and on the Philosophy webpage.
  • Students are required to submit their essays via Blackboard with a hard copy handed into the Philosophy Department.  SUBMITTING ESSAYS INTO BLACKBOARD ONLY DOES NOT FULFILL THIS REQUIREMENT.
  • Students must not submit more than one essay for a given module component.
  • Students must identify the component for which the essay is being submitted.
  • Essays must be handed in at the philosophy department office (or placed in the essay box nearby) by 2.00 P.M. on the day specified.
  • An essay may be accepted up to one week late with the loss of 10 marks. It will not be accepted after the lapse of one week.
  • Essay extensions, may be requested on medical or ad misericordiam grounds from you programme coordinator but only via your College Tutor. A list of coordinators is available on the Philosophy webpage and on the Junior Freshmen notice board.  Extensions must be arranged prior to the submission date. 
  • Material already assessed in essays may not be used again in examinations.

Submission Dates
For material covered in Michaelmas Term 2016/1st Semester

Weeks 1 - 12 No essays
Week 12

Thursday 15th December’16

  • PI2012 Logic Test 2
1st day of HT Monday 16th January 2017, TWO essays due:
  • PI2010 History of Philosophy II A EITHER Component 1 (Kant) OR Component 2 (The Legacy of the Enlightenment)


Component 1 (Kant) Dr. Lilian Alweiss

  1. ‘Kant’s transcendental philosophy only studies the fundamental structure of our thought rather than that of the world’. Discuss.
    Reading as for Lectures 1&2
  2. Why does Kant call space a form of intuition? Do you find his position convincing?
    Reading as for lectures 3&4
  3. Why does Kant believe that we can only do metaphysics if we can show that we can make synthetic a priori judgments?  Discuss
    Reading as for Lectures 1-3

Component 2 (The Legacy of the Enlightenment) Prof. Lilian Alweiss

  1. How effective are Hegel's Objections to the conception of cognition as an instrument or medium? Discuss
  2. Why does sense certainty not provide us with the truest, immediate and indeed richest kind of knowledge? Discuss
  3. How does Hegel arrive at the conclusion that in the end the slave is more free than her master?
  4. Reading for the above essay titles are available on Blackboard