|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
|PHI2001||Knowledge and Human Interests|
This module aims to introduce students to issues in the philosophy of science, about 'truth', 'objectivity', 'scientific realism', and 'incommensurability'. It will address 'Scientism' and 'Positivism', and explore the philosophical representations of tensions between 'science', 'wisdom', and 'culture'.
Truth/objectivity and rationality
The hypothetico-deductive method and scientific paradigms (Popper and Kuhn) Knowledge and Human Interests (Habermas) Positivism, Scientism Critique of scientific rationality: early Nietzsche's response: 'wisdom versus Knowledge.
• Learn to identify the characteristics of scientific rationality;
• Learn to identify different paradigms of rationality;
• Develop a critical understanding of key areas in the history of the philosophy of science;
• Develop an understanding of cultural counter-currents to scientism and positivism.
• Learn to engage with philosophical concepts and materials, in a detailed and critical manner;
• Learn to practice history as philosophy;
• Begin to learn to subject their own defining preconceptions to critical scrutiny.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||25||1:00||25:00||Preparation and completion of assessment|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||14||1:00||14:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||51||1:00||51:00||Review lecture material and prepare for small group teaching|
This module complements the examination of Kant’s critical philosophy, presented in PHI2001, by subjecting the paradigm of critical philosophy to philosophical-historical analysis. The study of Foucault’s Madness and Civilization not only challenges the modern presumption of reason as a definitively human characteristic, but introduces students to a mode of critical philosophy as history, to supplement their exposure to the Kantian model of critical philosophy as systematic.
Students are encouraged to a detailed reading of a single philosophical text, and to the consideration of that text in the light of appropriate secondary criticism, as indicated on the reading list provided.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
The end-of-semester essay allows students the necessary scope to propose their own historical account of the history of reason/unreason, as it has unfolded subsequent to the onset of the Enlightenment. It also provides students with the opportunity of identifying and discussing some philosophical implications of their historical account, and so of exhibiting their newly-acquired capacity to render historical work as a critical practice.
The assessment’s focus on a single philosophical text allows students the opportunity to avail themselves of one or more of the various perspectives offered to them by secondary commentaries and therefore to hone their skills in research.
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