The following courses will be offered at final year level in 2015.
Phil 301 (A central philosophical problem)
Philosophy of Law – Prof Patrick Lenta
This module, comprised of four sections, provides an introduction to the philosophy of law. In the first section we shall address questions relating to the nature of law including: What is law? What is the relationship between law and morality? What should judges do when a legal rule mandates an unjust result? In the second section, we shall take up the question whether the law should enforce morality. In the third section, we shall ask whether judicial review is democratic, and to the extent that it is undemocratic, whether it could be changed to make it more democratic. In the fourth and final section, we shall examine some rationales for criminal punishment and justifications advanced for certain types of punishment.
Phil 302 (Cognitive Processes, Language and Consciousness)
Philosophy of Mind – Dr Adriano Palma
This course will focus on three related topics in philosophy of mind. The first is innate knowledge and arguments for it. The second is the problem of dualism, or the separation of mind and body. The last is the possibility of artificial intelligence, and the related notion that minds are in some sense machines.
Phil 305 (Philosophy and Society)
Natural Kinds and Race – Prof David Spurrett
This course focuses on the philosophical question of what, if anything, is a ‘natural kind’ (something featuring in laws and explanations) and applies these philosophical questions to the specific topic of race. We will ask whether races are natural kinds, and what races, and racism could be if they are not.
Phil 306 (History of Philosophy)
Hume and Kant – Mr Deepak Mistrey
This is a course in classical modern epistemology focusing on Hume and Kant. Its aim is to give students an introduction to, and an opportunity to read and examine, significant parts of Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature and Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. In particular it is expected that students will emerge with an understanding of Hume’s basic position, his treatment of causality, of personal identity, and other matters of epistemology and metaphysics; and with an understanding of the basic position of the Critique of Pure Reason, esp. Kant’s views on space and time and the deduction of the pure concepts of the understanding. Students will be expected to know these particular aspects of Hume and Kant well, and to be able to respond analytically and critically to them.
For more information about any of these courses, please contact the lecturers concerned.