Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2075: Philosophical Readings 6

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Michael Hauskeller (Lecturer)

Michael Hauskeller (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


In this course we will read William James’s ground-breaking book “Pragmatism”, first published in 1907. The book is a brilliant exposition of the philosophy of pragmatism, which not only suggests a new method of doing philosophy, but also new ways of thinking about consciousness, morality, mind and matter, personal identity, God, reason and emotion, science and common sense, and, perhaps more than anything else, truth. The book consists of eight lectures presented, in 1906, at the Lowell Institute in Boston and, in 1907, at Columbia University, New York. We will read the whole book and discuss the most salient sections in as much detail as possible. In order to complete the module successfully you should have passed the two foundational Philosophy modules Evidence and Argument (PHL1005A) and Introduction to Philosophical Analysis (PHL1006). Not required, but helpful is some familiarity the content of two other modules, Philosophy of Mind (PHL2010a) and Philosophy of Morality (PHL2014).

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