Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL2011A: The Philosophy of Nature 1
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:
Nature in Ancient Greek: Substance, Essence, and Teleology
Mechanicism, Vitalism, and Organicism
Substance versus Process Ontology
The Darwinian View of Nature: Design, Essence, and Teleology Reconsidered
Human Minds and the Physical World: Agency, Causation, and Materialism
Nature, Ecology, and Feminism
Nature in Non-Western Philosophy: Asian, African, and Native-American Perspectives
The Gaia Hypothesis
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||22||Weekly 2-hour lectures/seminars or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar|
|Guided independent study||28||Preparation for essay, library, research etc.|
|Guided independent study||100|
|Private study: Reading books and articles, and taking notes from them, as specified in reading lists for each seminar. Guidance on this will be provided through ELE and in the seminars.|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
Lecture notes and reading lists are made available through ELE.