Units of study

PHIL4011 - Philosophy Honours A

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 12

Coordinator: Caroline Jane West


The Honours program in Philosophy consists of:
1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff
2. four seminars that meet weekly for two hours for one semester.

The thesis should be of 12,000-15,000 words in length. Each seminar requires 4,000-5,000 words of written work or its equivalent.

The thesis is worth 40% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 15%.

The following seminars are on offer in 2013:

Semester 1
Cosmopolitanism and Community (Dr Thomas Besch)
Philosophy and Genetics (Prof Paul Griffith)
Formal Semantics (Dr Nick Smith)
Happiness, Welfare and Meaning (Dr Caroline West)

Semester 2
The Philosophy of "mere Life" (Dr John Grumley)
Pragmatism: The Kantian Legacy (Dr David Macarthur)


a thesis of 12,000-15,000 words, 4,000-5,000 words of written work or its equivalent for each seminar and a 20 minute mini-conference presentation


2x2-hr seminars/week


48 credit points of Philosophy at Senior level, with a credit average or better, and including 6 credit points from each of the three programs (History of Philosophy; Epistemology, Metaphysics & Logic; Aesthetics, Ethics and Political Philosophy). Intending Honours students are strongly encouraged to discuss their unit choices with the Honours Coordinator at the beginning of their third year. The department places importance on the breadth of the philosophical education of its Honours graduates, and encourages intending Honours students to avoid over-specialisation at Senior level


  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 6pm


Philosophy and Genetics

Formal.. 1


Happiness Welfare Meaning

Cosmop. + Community



Formal.. 2

1 This class runs from Week 1 to Week 3
2 This class runs from Week 5 to Week 13


  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 6pm


Kant on Biology







  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 6pm



Frege The Invisible Realm

Frege .. 3

3 This class runs from Week 5 to Week 13

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