The lectures follow a thematic progression that begins with the early history of science and philosophy and philosophical considerations about knowledge. This provides a context for discussion of scientific justification and method, and of science and truth. The lectures shift focus from epistemological considerations to ethical theories and their applications in science, and then again to metaphysical considerations regarding causation and laws of nature, identity and emergence.
At the end of this component students will be able to:
Annual and Reassessment are the same:*
Essays will be due in calendar weeks 28 & 34. A 50–100 word abstract of the focus of each essay will be due one week prior to the essay deadline, in calendar weeks 27 & 33.
*If students are required to complete reassessment they are required to complete each failed component of the failed module
Essays must not exceed 1,000 words in length. The word count includes footnotes but it does not include the bibliography. Essays that go over the limit by 10% (1,100 words or more) will be liable for a 5 mark deduction.
There will be a 5 mark deduction from the relevant essay mark, for each week that an abstract or essay is late.
Extensions may be requested on medical or ad misericordiam grounds from Dr Keith Begley but only via the student’s College Tutor. Extensions must be arranged prior to the submission date.
It is mandatory for students to attend tutorials for Philosophy. If a student misses four or more tutorials in a term, then they are penalised by 5 marks being deducted from the second of their two essays. If a student does not complete the required tutorial presentation then they are penalised by 5 marks being deducted from the second of their two essays. Requests for absences to be excused may be made on medical or ad misericordiam grounds to Dr Keith Begley but only via the student’s College Tutor.
Students must not attempt to answer an examination question that has the same numeral as a question for which they have submitted an essay. To do so is to be liable to be penalised by 10 marks for the examination question attempted.