PHI1011 : European Philosophical Traditions II: Moral Philosophy and Human Nature
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Stephen Overy
- Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce students to the disciplines of moral philosophy, ethics and history of ideas and the study of the intellectual foundations of Western thought.
Students will be introduced to and encouraged to reflect upon some of the key ideas and conceptual systems from the history of European thought, from the pre-Socratics to the dawn of the Enlightenment. The lectures will discuss the contrast between the Ancient and Modern scientific worldviews, study the relationship between philosophical concepts and the historical and material conditions of society which gave birth to them, look at the origin of modern scientific method and also interrogate the theories of knowledge, metaphysics and methodology of prominent thinkers from the Western tradition.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. The ring of Gyges
2. Aristotle’s virtue ethics
3. Hedonism and Epicurus
4. Being bad can be good
5. Natural law and rights
6. Moral scepticism and emotivism
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Essay write up|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||10||3:00||30:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||10||3:00||30:00||Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures convey the underlying philosophical, cultural and socio-political thoughts and practices characteristic of the European tradition as a foundation for further future consideration of the Enlightenment project. The content of the course will be supported by extracts from original texts, illustrations, examples, historical knowledge and slides in lectures and by structured discussion sessions where students will reinforce knowledge and develop dialogue and communication skills.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The student chooses a title from a choice of up to four questions. These questions encourage independent research using the lecture content as a foundation and makes it possible to assess knowledge acquisition, interpretive skill and theoretical understanding as well as the analytical, creative and critical potential of students. The essay tests the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits.
- Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk