Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL1002A: Knowledge and Reality 1
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)
Dr Jonathan Davies (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
This module introduces you to classical epistemological and metaphysical questions such as ‘how do we know what we know?’ and ‘what is there?’. It presents and analyses some classical questions of the nature of reality and discusses subjects such as innate knowledge, scepticism, empiricism and common sense.
You will consider the early modern debate between rationalists and empiricists, as well as older and newer treatments of such related issues as Decartes’ cogito, substance, idealism and the value of metaphysics. You will gain an understanding of technical terminology such as epistemology and metaphysics and be able to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of these views.