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Students who successfully complete this module should be able to
• REFLECT critically upon early modern philosophy and influential 17th and 18th century approaches to moral agency and related issues in ethics, social philosophy, moral psychology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.
• IDENTIFY and analyse philosophical arguments in historical texts.
• INTERPRET philosophical texts that were written in the 17th and 18th century, show awareness of different possible interpretations and learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of different interpretations
• WRITE well-structured and well-argued research essays that explain and critically assess philosophical views and critically position your interpretation in relation to other interpretations in the literature
• ARTICULATE your own response to philosophical views, support them by reasons, and defend them in light of criticism
This seminar focuses on seventeenth and eighteenth-century philosophical debates concerning moral agency. We will discuss selected texts by John Locke, Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, Adam Smith, Sophie de Grouchy, Thomas Reid, and their contemporaries. Through a close study of their writings we will examine issues concerning agency that continue to be relevant in philosophical debates in ethics, social philosophy, moral psychology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: 4000 words final research essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Presentation: short presentation focusing on selected readings||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Outline of final essay (max. 2 pages)||Week 9||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: 1500 words mid-term essay.||Week 7||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Students are invited to discuss their assignments with me prior to submission dates. Students will receive individual feedback on all assessment components. Feedback on presentations, mid-term essay, and outline of final research essay is meant to help students to be well prepared for the final research essay at the end of the trimester.