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PPR.311: Applied Philosophy

Tutor: Dr Neil Manson
Term: Not available 2014/2015

Course Description

This module focuses on selected topics in Applied Philosophy. Applied Philosophy involves the application of philosophical methods and knowledge to a range of problems that face institutions, professions, policymakers and regulatory bodies. Further questions arise about the nature and limits of applied philosophy.

Examples of topics that may be studied include:

  • Philosophy of Privacy and Data Protection.
  • Philosophical Bioethics.
  • Philosophy of the Media.
  • Philosophy and psychiatric classification.
  • Applied epistemology.
  • Selected topics in Medical Ethics.
  • Philosophy of Education.
  • The Metaphilosophy of Applied Philosophy.
  • Applied Philosophy of Language.
  • Applied Philosophy of Science and Technology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate a range of philosophical views on selected applied philosophical topics, and the reasons offered for and against them.
  • Engage in critical analysis and the assessment of arguments over a range of topics in applied philosophy.
  • Discuss the nature and limitations of applied philosophy.
  • Grasp the deeper principles and issues which underlie the topic(s).
  • Critically examine the application of philosophical concepts and skills to policy and institutional problems and dilemmas.


40% coursework and 60% exam.
Coursework: 1 essay of 3000 words. Exam: 2 hours.

Teaching Method

Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.

Introductory Reading

Readings will be supplied according to specific topics studied.

Key Resource: The Journal of Applied Philosophy

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