Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1007: Philosophical Reading 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Jonathan Davies (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


This module will familiarise you with the fundamental techniques required to read, understand and criticise a philosophical text. In particular, you will look at texts that deal with problems of epistemology (the philosophical theory of knowledge) and metaphysics (the philosophical study of being and knowing). You will get the opportunity to study a substantial work of philosophy in depth to familiarise yourself with its mode of presentation (form) and arguments (content), two interrelated aspects of every philosophical work. 

Texts chosen will not require any specific background philosophical knowledge but will combine high philosophical quality with historical relevance and clarity of presentation.  This will be a foundation module for the single honours degree programme in Philosophy, and for the modular degree pathway in philosophy. It is also available to students from other schools and departments as an optional course in philosophy.

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