Knowledge and Reality - PHIL8050

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Edward Kanterian checkmark-circle


This module will provide a student with the opportunity to become involved in contemporary philosophical research by means of advanced theories in epistemology and metaphysics. Topics to be discussed include the nature of knowledge and reality.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300


This module is compulsory for students studying on the MA in Philosophy.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Essay (4,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Any edition of the following:
Kripke, S. Naming and Necessity
Sosa, E. & Kim, J. Epistemology: An Anthology
Strawson, P. Individuals
Williamson, T. Knowledge and Its Limits

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of foundational theories in epistemology and metaphysics;
2 Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of core issues in epistemology and metaphysics, and their history, as well as the ability to grapple with these issues.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate originality in their writing skills;
2 Consider the views of others, whether spoken or written, and develop a critique that furthers investigation;
3 Demonstrate their capacity to conduct extensive research and original, independent study;
4 Construct and evaluate methodologies and arguments as well as propose new hypotheses.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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