Academic year
Manolo Martínez
Department of Philosophy
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Master courses
Module 1. Practical Philosophy
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;

    interdisciplinary research

  • 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.

Throughout the course, we will also have a research blog at  



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
philosopher’s toolbox.

CE5: The course readings will be chosen among prominent publications of the
last 5 years.