Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Metaphysics - PHIL3020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Edward Kanterian checkmark-circle


This module will cover classic and contemporary philosophical topics concerning what reality is like, and whether (and how) we come to know about it. A variety of topics will be covered, such as problems of scepticism, sources of knowledge, the relation between mind and body, identity of people over time, and whether there is more to reality than is discussed in natural science.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Total Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Essay 1 (1,300 words) – 45%
Essay 2 (1,300 words) – 45%
Seminar Performance – 10%

Reassessment methods:
100% Coursework (1,500 words)

Indicative reading

Indicative reading:

Descartes, R. (1996). Meditations on First Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Midgeley, M. (2011). Myths we Live By, London: Routledge
Russell, B. (1997). The Problems of Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press

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 familiarity with the basic terminology required for the analysis and evaluation of argument;
2 Demonstrate understanding of some basic questions in metaphysics and epistemology;
3 Argue, in writing, for some claim of metaphysical or epistemological significance;

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

1 Engage in the discussion of problems;
2 Communicate effectively and persuasively in a variety of contexts.
3 Demonstrate IT skills associated with research.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  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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