Benjamin Smart

17th January 2022 to 1st April present

PHL2016 Metaphysics (SPA, University of Exeter)

This module is designed and led by Dr. Adrian Currie. The course covers topics such as: the flow of time; theories of time (eternalism & presentism); persistence; personal identity; time travel; free will and responsibility; modality; truth in fiction; the existence of fiction; and biological metaphysics. 

As a postgraduate teaching associate for this module, my responsiblities include designing and facilitating the seminars, supporting the lecture content. The ILOs for this module focused on the methodology and skills underpinning metaphysics research (e.g. speculative, modal, and argumentative reasoning). Students will develop their abilities and confidence in the presentation, critique and method of philosophical argumentation. I will present guest lectures on the topic of biological metaphysics in weeks 10 and 11.

16th September 2019 to 13th December 2019

PHL2016 Metaphysics (SPA, University of Exeter)

This module introduced students to the field of metaphysics: what philosophers do when they ask what exists, why it exists like that, and whether it has to. The course covered topics such as: the nature of time: whether it flows like a river, whether objects are stretched across it and whether only the present exists (including the possibility of travel across time); the existence of persons and personal identity; the status of fictional persons and fictional worlds; as well as exploring the ontology of social categories (e.g. 'gender', 'race', etc.).

The module was designed and led by Dr. Adrian Currie. The module was conducted over 12 weeks, with weekly seminars. As a postgraduate teaching associate for this module, my responsiblities included designing and facilitating the seminars, to support the lecture content. The ILOs for this module focused on the methodology and skills underpinning metaphysics research (e.g. speculative, modal, and argumentative reasoning). In this way, students developed their abilities and confidence in the presentation, critique and method of philosophical argumentation. I also presented a guest lecture in week 5, on the metaphysics of biogenic individuality and identity, following the course material on personal identity.

19th September 2016 to 30th June 2017

SE4107 Critical Thinking (ENCAP, Cardiff University)

This module provided a thorough grounding in the methods of philosophical argument. In particular, the module covered: the basics of argumentative reasoning; distinguishing argument types; identifying common and informal logical falalcies; as well as the presentation, contestion and assessment of philosophical arguments. The module also introdcued students to two systems of logic (categorical and propositional logics), and explored their limitations.

The module was designed and led by Dr. Liz Irvine. The module was taught across two semesters (20 weeks), with fortnightly seminars. As a postgraduate teaching associate for this module, my responsiblities included facilitating the seminars, checking student understanding of the lecture content and their homework exercises, as well as  marking examination scripts and essays assignments (3 short assignments per student).