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PY2012   Meaning and Knowing

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 8

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 2.00pm - 3.00 pm Mon, Tue, Thu and occasional Fri

This module aims to provide a comprehensive foundation in both epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and the philosophy of language. It will typically cover the following central questions in epistemology: What is knowledge? What is evidence? Can we trust the evidence of the senses? Can we defeat the sceptic about knowledge? What are the limits of knowledge? What is the nature of belief? When is a belief a good belief? What is the nature of perception? What is the difference between mathematical knowledge and empirical knowledge? Questions covered on the philosophy of language component may include: What is communication? What is linguistic meaning? What is the difference between saying and implying? What is it for an expression to be context-sensitive? What is the nature of metaphor? Topics which span both components of the module include: internalism and externalism.

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PY3701

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures and 1 tutorial.

Scheduled learning hours: 43

Guided independent study hours: 157

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Team taught