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One main aim will be to improve our skills of interpretation and argumentation through the close reading and analysis of exceptionally challenging philosophical texts and concepts. In particular, philosophy is distinctive among disciplines in that its history is arguably essential to its methods of argumentation and to the proper understanding of its concepts. Grappling with challenging texts in the history of philosophy is part and parcel of trying to resolve our own philosophical perplexities.
The module also aims to improve, through practice and feedback, the clarity and precision of our written work and argumentation, both historical and analytical.
Finally, the module also seeks to equip students with further knowledge of some very influential but often highly complex and challenging modes of argument and philosophical insights deriving both from Kant's philosophy and from later philosophers who sought to modify and develop Kantian insights.
The course description above (under 'Purpose and Overarching Content for PHIL41570') provides an adequate indication of the specific topics and authors to be examined in this MA seminar.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: A substantial end-of-semester research essay.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: This will consist either of one short, analytical essay, or of a few short assignments, involving the interpretation of and reflection on key texts and arguments.||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
In this module feedback on the shorter assignment(s) will give participants an improved idea of what sort of writing and argumentation is expected for the final research essay.