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PHI2001 : Kant

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to introduce students to the critical thought of Immanuel Kant, as expressed in the Critique of Pure Reason; to develop a clear sense of his approach to epistemology, and to understand his philosophy in the context of the history of ideas and the problems of philosophy with which he was faced, especially those of empiricism and rationalism.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Students will focus on key ideas in Kant’s major theoretical work;
- Students will explore how Kant’s ideas were responding to problems in the recent history of philosophy as well as setting the scene for subsequent developments in European philosophy;
- Students will explore the meaning of the terms with which the Critique of Pure Reason operates, such as dogmatic metaphysics, critique, sensibility, understanding, reason, etc.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Essay preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorials
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities101:0010:00Specific research or reading activities developed and directed by academic staff
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0052:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module introduces central themes in later modern philosophy and constitutes a background for PHI2002 and potentially, should students opt to do it, PHI2020. 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
Essay1A1002000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests the ability to think coherently, 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 primary and secondary texts and interpret them adequately.

The assessment scheme which the students are given and which is 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, to 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