PHIL4106 Analytic Philosophy

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content
Analytic philosophy is a philosophical tradition practiced by a diverse array of figures, and has given rise to–or otherwise been at the heart of–a number of intellectual movements and revolutions throughout human history. This unit explores key topics in the analytic tradition. Topics discussed include, but are not limited to, ontology, epistemology, meaning and reference, modality, epistemology, classical and non-classical logics, naturalism, decision theory, feminist approaches to science and knowledge, and action theory. Key thinkers discussed include, but are not limited to, Quine, Putnam, Anscombe, Carnap, Wittgenstein, Haslanger, Lewis, Priest, Restall, Divers, Nolan, Maddy and Bennett. The unit deploys a range of critical, formal, informal and historical methods.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) strengthen generic intellectual skills such as analysing and critically assessing arguments, constructing and expressing their own arguments, and constructing and expressing explanations of phenomena; (2) develop a critical understanding of the core philosophical issues related to the analytic tradition in philosophy; (3) develop public speaking and professional presentation skills; (4) develop critical writing skills; and (5) develop core research skills in preparation for research-oriented postgraduate work and/or research-oriented work outside of the University.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay; (2) test; and (3) class presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the class presentation component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Remco Heesen
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
Contact hours
Seminar - 2 hrs per week
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