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Michaelmas Term 2016
Essay Titles
Senior Freshman Two Subject Moderatorship

Students are required to take a total of three modules, and at least one module in each term.  They will take either one or two courses in the first 1st semester/Michaelmas Term and either one or two courses in the 2nd semester/Hilary Term. Students are required to submit a total of six essays in the year, two for each of the three modules. There are four submission dates as given below.

Submission Dates

Michaelmas Term 2016/1st Semester

Week 8 Monday 14th November’16: each student submits one essay for each module taken in the first part of this term.
Please note:Submission date for PI3007 Moral Philosophy is Monday 16th Jan’17.

Hilary Term 2017/2nd Semester

Week 1 Monday 16th January’17: each student submits one essay for each module taken in the second part of Michaelmas term.
Week 8

Monday 6th March’17: each student submits one essay for each module taken in the first part of Hilary term.

Week 13

Monday 10th April’17: each student submits one essay for each module taken in the second part of Hilary term.

Please note:Submission date for PI3007 Moral Philosophy is Monday 10th Apr’17.
  • Essays must not exceed 2500 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 https://www.tcd.ie/Philosophy/undergraduate/ 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.

PI2010: HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY II A

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