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PH134-30 Introduction to Philosophy Without Logic

Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Kirk Surgener
Credit value
Module duration
18 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

PH134 - Introduction to Philosophy (without logic)

Module aims

This module is team taught by a number of academic staff from the Philosophy department to provide a wide-ranging introduction to some of the most important issues and works in philosophy.

The areas covered will be: Term 1: Ancient Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy Term 2: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

The following subject areas and approaches will be covered:

Terms 1 and 2:
Ancient Philosophy
Moral Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Continental Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Understand main debates in key subject areas of philosophy, such as moral and political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics, aesthetics, continental philosophy
  • Articulate their own view of the relative merits of different positions in key debates and engage critically with other points of view.
  • critically analyse and evaluate philosophical arguments in different subject areas of philosophy
  • recognize the distinctive contributions made by various texts that are central to the history of philosophy and critically engage with the arguments presented therein
Indicative reading list

See electronic bibliography

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

Knowledge and understanding of core philosophical topics; philosophy essay writing skills; logical analysis and methods.

Transferable skills

Critical evaluation, persuasive writing, logical analysis, critical discussion.

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 18 sessions of 2 hours (12%)
Seminars 17 sessions of 1 hour (6%)
Private study 247 hours (82%)
Total 300 hours
Private study description

No private study requirements defined for this module.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Written Assignment 1 (1000 words) 10%
Written Assignment 2 (1000 words) 10%
Written Assignment 3 (2000 words) 40%
Written Assignment 4 (2000 words) 40%
Assessment group R
Weighting Study time
Online Examination 100%

3 hour exam

  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
Feedback on assessment

Feedback on essays will be provided via Tabula, addressing standard areas of evaluation and individual content. Feedback on examinations will be provided in the form of a summary report.

Past exam papers for PH134

Anti-requisite modules

If you take this module, you cannot also take:

  • PH136-15 Logic 1: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • PH144-15 Mind and Reality
  • PH145-15 Plato and Descartes
  • PH149-15 Key Debates in Moral and Political Philosophy


This module is Core for:

  • Year 1 of UIPA-V5L8 Undergraduate Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development
  • Year 1 of UPHA-VQ52 Undergraduate Philosophy, Literature and Classics

This module is Optional for:

  • UECA-3 Undergraduate Economics 3 Year Variants
    • Year 1 of L100 Economics
    • Year 1 of L116 Economics and Industrial Organization
  • Year 1 of UECA-LM1D Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies
  • Year 1 of UHIA-V1V5 Undergraduate History and Philosophy