OverviewWhat 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.
Some of the questions we will discuss this year include: 'Why is Hume's fork so important in the history of philosophy?', 'What is the difference between evaluative and descriptive judgements in aesthetics?' and 'What is the difference between 'is and ought? We will also think about questions of more general philosophical import, such as: What it is to presuppose something?, What is it to argue in a vicious circle?, and What does a philosophical definition look like?
This module appears in:
1 x 1hr lecture per week, 1 x 1hr seminar per week for 10 teaching weeks
Method of assessment
A. P. Martinich (2005) Philosophical Writing: An Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell)
Nigel Warburton (2004) Philosophy: the Essential Study Guide (London: Routledge)
The aims of this module are:
(1) to introduce you to some basic questions in philosophy about a range of issues
(2) to enable you to appreciate various philosophical topics
(3) to enable you to read analytical philosophy in a way that is considered, reflective, and imaginative;
(4) to enable you to write analytical philosophy in a way that is careful, logical, structured and coherent.
By the end of this module you should:
(5) have a greater appreciation of a number of philosophical topics, such as those mentioned in (1) and (2);
(6) be able to read philosophy better and in a way that will contribute greatly to the rest of your studies whilst at Kent; and
(7) be able to write philosophy better and in a way that will contribute greatly to the rest of your studies whilst at Kent.