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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

PHLM010: Introduction to Philosophical Methods

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Adam Toon (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


This module will provide you with an introduction to the different methods pursued in philosophical research. It will also introduce you to the distinctive character of philosophical research at Exeter, especially its interdisciplinarity. Typical methods covered might include: conceptual analysis, naturalism, phenomenology, genealogy, experimental philosophy, historical, sociological and ethnographic approaches. You will learn to reflect critically on these different methods and explore their respective strengths and weaknesses. The module will equip you with a range of different tools for approaching philosophical questions and provide an excellent grounding for further research in philosophy.

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