The (Dis-)order of Things: Philosophy in the 21st Century

Some philosophers argue that philosophy is a search not just for knowledge and understanding, but above all (pun intended!) for wisdom, the chief object of their affection; others argue that it is a matter essentially of consolation; and others argue that it is fundamentally a kind of therapy, an active and practical way of untying the knots in the fabric of our lives, so to speak, in our search for the good life, peace and happiness. We examine and evaluate each of these concepts (among others) and look closely at their relevance to our existence in the world with its manifold anxieties, divisions and conflicts and significant questions about the present and the future.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Bertrand Russell, The Wisdom of the West and History of Western Philosophy
  • Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy
  • Ray Monk, Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

COURSE OUTLINE

  • What is philosophy?
  • Philosophy and the search for wisdom
  • Philosophy and the question of consolation
  • Philosophy as therapy

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the nature of philosophy
  2. Analyse and evaluate at least three conceptions of philosophy
  3. Understand the relevance of these three conceptions
$113 Limited / $102

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