Research Methods in Theoretical Philosophy (5 cr)
- 2012-02-13 - 2012-03-22
- Mon. & Thu. 15-17.
- Room 406, Fac. Filosofia, UB.
The aim of this course is to impart knowledge, and deepen the understanding, of argumentative techniques and conceptual tools required for doing philosophical research.
2- ESTRUCTURA Y CONTENIDO:
During the course, we will analyse and discuss some classic texts from different areas of analytical philosophy and practice the basics for the successful conception and development of original research papers as well as the skills required for presenting and defending them in front of an expert audience. In the process, we will compile a glossary of core philosophical notions, important conceptual distinctions and basic dialectical structures which might then later be used as a tool-kit.
Students are expected to write one essay using the skills acquired and/or fostered during the course.
A short reading list will be made available at the first meeting. But students are well-advised to already have read the following two short (and unrelated) texts:
Frege, Gottlob: ‘On Sense and Reference’, excerpts published in a new translation in: Byrne, D. and Kölbel, M. (eds.), Arguing About Language, London: Routledge, 2010, 49-55.
Jackson, Frank: ‘Petitio and the purpose of arguing’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 65 (1984), 26-36.