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 ontology, identity, emergence, causation and laws of nature.
At the end of this component students will be able to:
Annual and Reassessment are the same:*
Questions will be published in calendar weeks 3 & 8, respectively. Essays will be due in calendar weeks 10 & 15. A 50–100 word abstract of the focus of each essay will be due two weeks prior to the essay deadline, in calendar weeks 8 & 13.
*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 for each week an abstract or essay is late.
Extensions may be requested on medical or ad misericordiam grounds from Dr Keith Begley but only via your College Tutor. Extensions must be arranged prior to the submission date.
It is mandatory for Fresher students to attend tutorials for Philosophy. If a student misses three or more tutorials in a term, then they are penalised by 5 marks being deducted from each of their essays (10 marks total).
Students must attempt to answer at least one question from Section B. Not to do so is to be liable to be penalised by 10 marks for an examination question attempted instead.
Students must not attempt to answer an examination question from Section A that has the same numeral as the question for which they have submitted their first essay. To do so is to be liable to be penalised by 10 marks for the examination question attempted.