Research Methods in Analytic Philosophy (5 cr)
- 2015-02-16 - 2015-05-15
- Mon. 10-13
- Room 412, Facultat de Filosofia, UB
This seminar aims at introducing part of the analytic philosopher’s toolbox.
The Syllabus of the course will be the following:
Feb 16, 2014: An introduction to philosophical research – aims and methods
Feb 23, 2014: Reading group session: Matthen (2009) “Chicken, Eggs, and
Mar 2, 2014: Resources: journals, books, and the internet
Mar 9, 2014: Philosophy and Science – How to read a scientific paper;
Mar 16, 2014: Reading group session: Klein (2014) “Psychological Expla-
nation, Ontological Commitment, and the Semantic View of Theories”
Mar 23, 2014: Reading group session: Clark (2013) “Whatever Next?”
Mar 30, 2014: Hacking academics – Choosing your workflow applications.
Apr 6, 2014: From draft to published – The usual stages. Participating in
a research meeting
Apr 13, 14 and 15 (10 to 14): RMAPhil Workshop – Research talks,
commentaries and open discussion by the students.
The course alternates practical and theoretical sessions. Students are expected to contribute actively to the former, and will be evaluated on this basis:
• Reading group sessions: 20% of the grade for presentation & 10% for dis- cussion
• Blog: 10% of the grade for posting (a min of 2) and 10% for comments (a min of 4)
• RMAPhil Workshop: 20% of the grade for talk, 20% for comments and 10% for discussion.
Intended Learing Outcomes:
CB7: Students taking the course for credit will present the result of their
research in the reading group, blog and workshop that will be organized ad-hoc.
CB10: The course has sessions dedicated, among other things, to hands-on
tutorials on literature review, on-line research tools and writing strategies.
CG1, CG5 and CE7: Several sessions will be dedicated to the careful examination
of philosophy papers, and their argumentative strategies.
CG2 and CG3: As part of the requirements for the course, students have to
present their own research in the final workshop.
CG4: Much of the material in tne course is covered as part of group activities
-- reading groups, pairs of speaker and discussant in the workshop, and
discussion over blog posts, among other things.
CE1: The course aims at introducing part of the analytic
CE5: The course readings will be chosen among prominent publications of the
last 5 years.