MMUBS MRes - Philosophy of Knowledge Module

(for my session on Formal Modelling see towards the bottom of the page)

Introductory Page About this Module

The MMUBS PoK Blog

Sessions 2012-2013

Sessions 2011-2012

Sessions 2010-2011:

Early Sessions on The Western Academic Tradition and Critical Thought

Older versions of slides:

  • Critical thinking, I: About Argument [powerpoint slides]
    • Thinking about the structure and tradition of argument in the Western Academic Tradition
  • Critical thinking, II: Authority and dissent, and the written word [powerpoint slides]
    • Looking at the problem of judging authority with particular respect to the written literature
  • What is Philosophy?  [powerpoint slides]
    • An introduction to the MMUBS MRes philosophy course
  • Rationalism vs. Empiricism [powerpoint slides]
    • From where does knowledge come?
  • Constructivism vs. Realism [powerpoint slides]
    • Is knowledge a reflection of an outside reality or constructed by us?
  • Positivism vs. Pragmatism [powerpoint slides]
    • Is knowledge composed of a correct representation or what works in practice?
  • The Linguistic Turn [powerpoint slides]
    • To what extent is knowledge in the use of language rather than what language is about?

Reading List:

A Description of the Assignment:

Structured Feedback form for assignment:

Some OK Web Resources

Formal Modelling Session for the Specialist Methods Module

Contact Details for me, Bruce Edmonds:

  • Position: Senior Research Fellow
  • Department: Centre for Policy Modelling
  • Room: 2.11 (Opposite the faculty office, next to the Computer Teaching Labs on the 2nd floor)
  • Internal phone number: 6479
  • External phone number: (0161) 247 6479
  • Email:
  • Web page: