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Unit information: Philosophical Logic Project in 2022/23

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Unit name Philosophical Logic Project
Unit code PHILM0034
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Catrin Campbell-Moore
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

Philosophical logic studies the application and use of logic to philosophical problems and is a key part of the philosophical discipline. For example, modal logics have been employed for analysing notions like necessity, knowledge, belief, but also norms and obligations. Similarly, abstract results from model theory have been employed to argue against specific form of realism while some have claimed that Gödel’s incompleteness show that the mind is not a machine.

In this unit, students will pursue a defined and focused project in philosophical logic in an independent way under the guidance of a member of academic staff. The project could investigate the application of some logical tools to specific philosophical problems and arguments. It could also address some more technical queries in philosophical logic, perhaps trying to extend some extant results. The choice of topic will be guided.

Students will present their work in a project report which should display understanding of the relevant formal tools and critical reflection on their use.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Outline key formal tools from an area of philosophical logic.
  2. Employ logical tools, for instance by applying them to philosophical arguments or by extending technical results.
  3. Critically assess and reflect on the philosophical use of logic.
  4. Demonstrate advanced philosophical and research skills (e.g. clear and concise presentation of ideas, constructing and evaluating arguments, carrying out independent research).

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of group seminar-style discussions or tutorials; guided reading; and self-directed study and research.

How you will be assessed

Summative assessment:

6,000 word report (100%). [ILOs 1-4]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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