Debates in contemporary theoretical philosophy

Basic Information

Course 2017/2018
Kathrin Glüer-Pagin
Manuel García-Carpintero
Department of Philosophy
Universitat de Barcelona
Module 3. Research Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy


Monday-Friday, 10:00-13:00
UB, Philosophy Faculty, room 409


The course will consist of a one-week intensive introduction to the topics of the course by Manuel García-Carpintero, followed by a one-week intensive course by Prof. Kathrin Glüer-Pagin (Stockholm University). The aim of Glüer-Pagin’s course is to present the views on perception she has been defending in a series of papers, to be systematically articulated in a forthcoming book.


1. The Doxastic Account of Experience
2. Reasons, Defeasibility, and Perceptual Justification
3. Looks: Language and Experience Contents
4. Constancy in Variation
5. Colors and Color Experience


The course will have a seminar structure. Students should make the key preparatory readings listed below, and they will be asked to participate in the discussion following one-hour presentations by the instructors.


Participation in class; one essay between 2000 and 4000 words length, on a relevant question to be agreed with the teacher, who will also be available for advice on essay plans. 


Learning outcomes

CB6. Students should be able to critically understand central texts in metaphysics in a way that puts them in a position to develop and apply original ideas.

CB9. Students should be able to communicate their knowledge and their arguments to specialized audiences in a clear and articulate way.

CG2. Students should be able to design, create, develop and undertake new and innovative projects in their area of ​​expertise.

CG3. Students should be able to engage both in general and specific discussions in the domain of metaphysics. They should be able to conduct a philosophical discussion (orally and in written form), by putting forward, for example, general arguments or specific examples, in support of one’s position.

CG4. Students should be able to work both independently and in a team, in an international environment.

CG5. Students should be able to identify methodological errors, rhetorical, conventional and uncritical assumptions, vagueness and superficiality.

CE1. Students should be able to critically engage with the concepts and methods of contemporary metaphysics of time. 

CE2. Students should be able to identify the core arguments and theories of contemporary metaphysics of time.

CE4. Students should be able to assess the writings of leading contemporary philosophers in the metaphysics of time.

CE5. Students should be able to identify and critically engage with the current state of a particular philosophical debate, and form a reasoned view, even if provisional, about it.


CE7. Students should be able to critically use specialized terminology in the metaphysics of time.