Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2011B: The Philosophy of Nature - 2

This module descriptor refers to the 2011/2 academic year.


NQF Level
Credits 15 ECTS Value
Term(s) and duration
Academic staff

Professor Lenny Moss (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


“Humans are Obviously Unique. But it is Surprisingly Hard to Say Why.” (New Scientist, May 24-30, 2008). This module will take an interdisciplinary approach to look for clues to this puzzle drawing upon the insights of existential phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, and cutting edge work in the contemporary empirical human, behavioural and brain sciences. 
Are Humans a part of nature or apart from nature? Can human reason, morality and culture be understood as 'natural' without ‘reducing’ such to a conspiracy of selfish genes? In what ways are humans continuous with other parts of nature, especially other animals, and in what ways are humans distinctive? How does understanding humans as part of nature affect our understanding of nature as a whole? What are the moral, political and historical implications of how we understand the nature of human nature?

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