Postgraduate taught 

Philosophy (Conversion) MSc

Introduction to Analytic Philosophy A PHIL5112

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers key areas of analytic philosophy, and includes a general introduction to Analytic Philosophy followed by a section on Philosophical Logic, and two additional sections on topics such as Ethics and Philosophy of Language.


One two-hour session per week

Excluded Courses

Existing Introduction to Analytic Philosophy PHIL 5026


Introduction to Analytic Philosophy B


1 hour set exercise on Logic to be completed on Moodle (20%)

3000 word essay on one of the other main Modules (60%)

1000 word essay on the remaining main Module (20%)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ provide an introduction to a broad range of core topics in analytic philosophy, and a number of classic texts in the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ understand core topics in analytic philosophy, and central theories, arguments and lines of contemporary thought therein.

■ assess critically and to compare profitably some principal contemporary arguments and positions concerning core topics, and apply this in a quiz and in two essays.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.