Philosophical Reading and Writing (core) - PL315

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR G Forbes checkmark-circle


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 the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Paraphrase Exercise (500 words) – 30%
Essay (1,200 words) – 30%
Public Philosophy Assignment (750 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)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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


  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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