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PHI2001 : Knowledge and Human Interests

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to introduce students to some of the significant developments in the Western Philosophical Tradition, in particular Kant's Critical Philosophy. This work will be explored with reference to the 'Copernican turn in philosophy', its emergence from the limits of rationalism and empiricism and its implications for questions about free will and God. The post Kantian legacy and challenges will then be explored through the works of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Romanticism.

Outline Of Syllabus

Kant's Critical Philosophy; Transcendental Idealism; Space/Time and the Categories; the Thing in Itself. Can we grasp what is ultimately 'real'?

Post-Kantian Aesthetics and Ethics:
Space/Time in Schopenhauer
Space/Time in Nietzsche
Sensory data/Time-sequence in Schiller's 'On the Aesthetic Education of Man'.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Preparation and completion of assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study521:0052:00Review lecture material and prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module introduces central themes in modern philosophy and constitutes a background for PHI2002. Lectures provide students with a systematic account of milestones in the development of modern concepts of knowledge. Students are given a structured reading list and lecture notes. These topics are developed further and discussed in seminars.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100Essay - 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essays test the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits. This assessment method also gauges the students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, and to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately.

The assessment scheme which the students are given and explained at the start of the module shows clearly how the mark emerges out of expected competences and their link to specialist knowledge. The student is expected to recognise key epistemological concepts of the modern era, be able to position them in the context chosen for the essay and as they are supported by the references to the primary and secondary literature or application niche.

Reading Lists