Knowledge, Reason, and Reality (30 Credits)
The module will undertake an in-depth exploration of the main issues, positions and arguments in the theory of knowledge. The topics to be studied include, the development of epistemology from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the present day; the definition of ‘knowledge’ and the very possibility of knowledge, and our presumption that we are able to possess it.
Mind and Body: Descartes and Wittgenstein (30 Credits)
This module focuses on various understandings, advanced in the Western philosophical tradition, of mind, body, and the relation between the two. It focuses on the contrasting philosophies of Descartes and Wittgenstein.
The Self: East and West (30 Credits)
This module focuses on the idea of the identity of the self over time as this has been treated in both Western (sections 1- 4) and Eastern philosophical traditions. The latter material will be uploaded towards the end of the study period for the former. (Probably around the end of March.) If you would like guidance on preparatory reading for the second half of the module do ask.
Buddhist Philosophy (30 Credits)
This module addresses the philosophical issues raised by the religious teachings and practices of Buddhism. It will focus on some of the ethical, metaphysical and epistemological issues raised by Buddhist teachings and practices. In additions the module introduces students to the field of Buddhist philosophy, drawing attention to the some of the difficulties it involves.
Chinese Conceptions of the Self (30 Credits)
This module introduces students to Chinese conceptions of the self and how they evolved over time. It also explores the implications of such understandings of the self for practical ethical and political problems.