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PHIL3112 Kant

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Nick Jones

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Any of the following modules (students only need to have completed one of these modules):


PHIL1120Great Philosophical Thinkers
PHIL1121Introduction to the History of Western Philosophy
PHIL1333PPE First Year Seminar - Semester 1
PHIL1444PPE First Year Seminar - Semester 2
PHIL2212History Mod Phil- Leibniz/Hume
PHIL2221Ancient Philosophy
PHIL2232History Mod Phil: Locke&Berk

Module replaces

PHIL3111 Schopenhauer & Nietzsche

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will involve the study of one or more areas of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), including (but not necessarily restricted to): metaphysics; epistemology; moral philosophy; philosophy of religion; aesthetics and philosophy of art. The precise focus of the module will be made clear to students in advance of module enrolment. For 2018-19 and 2019-20 the module will focus exclusively on Kant’s metaphysics and epistemology and will involve the study of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. There is a set text for this module that you will be required to purchase. Details are provided on the module reading list.


To enable students to understand and discuss critically in detail the philosophical views of Kant, and to be able to read and interpret a primary text.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students will have:
(1) become acquainted with a significant part of the work of Kant, as a key figure in the history of philosophy.
(2) understood the role of historical and cultural context in interpreting the writing of that key figure.
(3) critically engaged with Kant’s philosophical views.

Skills outcomes
Interpreting philosophical texts
Understanding philosophical context
Philosophical analysis and evaluation


Topics studied (so long as the focus remains on Kant’s metaphysics and epistemology) may include (but won’t necessarily be restricted to) the following:
• Background context (early Modern Philosophy prior to Kant)
• Kant’s Introduction (analytic a priori vs. synthetic a posteriori vs. synthetic a priori)
• Kant’s rejection of empiricism (how synthetic a priori truths are possible)
• The Unity of Apperception
• The Transcendental Aesthetic
• The Transcendental Analytic
• Transcendental Idealism
• Why sense experience isn’t prone to sceptical doubts
• The Refutation of Idealism
• Phenomena vs. noumena
• The Transcendental Dialectic

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours181.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading and tutorial preparation: 101 hours
Essay preparation: 60 hours
Lecture preparation: 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Via tutorial participation and the module leader's 'Kant clinics', and performance in the formative assessment of 1000 words essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words (end of module)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:19:43


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