When A Philosopher Looks In A Mirror

This is an attempt to approach philosophy through a discussion of its most characteristic self-images. In contemporary philosophy the close association of philosophy with academic scholarship, with scientific research, and with technical expertise seems to reinforce the view that it is the exclusive preserve of the specialist. Reflection on these and other less fashionable images of philosophy shows that it properly belongs to every thinking person who is plunged into wonderment and perplexity by fundamental questions about being human.

Independent Study Discussion Courses are for study by groups without a tutor, so there is no need to write reports. These courses were written by tutors who have now since retired from the Discussion Group Program. Some courses were written a number of years ago, and therefore contain references to events which are now more historical than current, however, all are entertaining, well-produced and worthwhile.


Course Author: Carl Hooper

Course Code: D120

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 5 units / $44 per person


Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.