Philosophical Reading and Writing (core) - PL315

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
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What do philosophers do? How do they think? What do they typically think about? How do philosophers write? What sorts of writing are acceptable in philosophy? How should you write? How should philosophy best be read in order to be understood and assessed?'

In this module we will introduce you to some of the most interesting questions in philosophy, both from its history and from current debates. As we do this we will show you how to think, read and write as a philosopher.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

• Paraphrase Exercise (1,000 words) – 30%
• Essay (1,500 words) – 30%
• Public Philosophy Assignment (1,000 words) – 30%
• Seminar Participation – 10%

Indicative reading

Indicative reading:

Martinich, A.P. (2005) Philosophical Writing: An Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell)
Warburton, N. (2004) Philosophy: the Essential Study Guide (London: Routledge)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate understanding of some basic questions in philosophy about a range of issues;
8.2 Appreciate various philosophical topics;
8.3 Read analytical philosophy in a way that is considered, reflective, and imaginative;
8.4 Write analytical philosophy in a way that is careful, logical, structured and coherent;

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