Understanding Causality and Probability - PL665

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 30 (15) DR ME Wilde







This module will introduce students to philosophical theories of causality and philosophical theories of probability. The module will provide a broad background to the range of available interpretations of causality and probability. Topics to be covered will vary from year to year, in light of the expertise of the person convening it and student feedback from previous years. Students will gain a good understanding of the complementary and in some cases conflicting perspectives and methodologies on causality and probability. The module will enable students to evaluate contemporary issues in a manner that's informed by a comprehensive set of relevant traditions.


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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40


Also available at Level 5 (PL664)

Method of assessment

• Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%
• Mid-term Essay (1,000 words) – 20%
• Final Essay (3,000 words) – 60%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List.

Eagle, A. (2011) Philosophy of Probability: Contemporary Readings, ed. London: Routledge
Gillies, D.A. (2000) Philosophical Theories of Probability. London: Routledge
Illari, P. & Russo, F. (2014) Causality: Philosophical Theory Meets Scientific Practice, Oxford: OUP
Illari, P., Russo, F. & Williamson, J. (2011) Causality in the Sciences, eds. Oxford: OUP

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 Level 6 students will be able to:

8.5 Demonstrate systematic understanding the major positions and arguments in this area;
8.6 Engage critically with some of the central issues in this field, and ultimately support a solution to a particular issue, through their study of the relevant arguments;
8.7 Demonstrate their critical understanding of multiple theories in this area and a recognition of the implications of these theories for problems within associated areas, all through their study of these arguments;
8.8 Demonstrate the ability to engage in a close critical reading of some of major texts in the field, and refer to major texts to support their own position.

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