PY2902 - Knowledge, Mind and Reality

Academic year

2022 to 2023 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 8

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Only available to those enrolling on the MA Combined Studies or already enrolled on the MA/BSc General degree taken in the evening.

Planned timetable

Wed 6.30 - 9.30 pm

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module Staff

To be arranged

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module will acquaint students with a number of central topics in Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, and Metaphysics. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and critically evaluate philosophical issues and problems relating to such matters as knowledge (e.g.: what constitutes knowledge? How should we respond to sceptical arguments that threaten the very possibility of knowledge?), the mind-body problem ( the mind the same thing as the brain? If not, what is it? Can the conscious mind be explained by science?), and metaphysical questions concerning such matters as the nature of objects, persons and causation, and the existence of God.

Relationship to other modules


Before taking this module you must pass PY1901


You cannot take this module if you take PY1005 or take PY1006 or take PY2801 or take PY1010 or take PY2012

Assessment pattern

Coursework = 100%


Coursework = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

1 x 2.5-hour session: lectures and tutorials

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.