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Philosophy Basics: What is Philosophy Anyway?

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Philosophy Basics: What is Philosophy Anyway?

<p>In recent decades, Philosophy has escaped from the ivory tower of Academia into the public domain. Today, everyone is ‘philosophising’ all over the place, about everything! This is clearly

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In recent decades, Philosophy has escaped from the ivory tower of Academia into the public domain. Today, everyone is ‘philosophising’ all over the place, about everything! This is clearly important to us, but why? What is ‘Philosophy’? Is it mere pontificating, or something more? What, if anything, does it achieve? Is it like ‘Science’? Does it provide answers? Does it make progress? This introductory course philosophises about Philosophy itself!


COURSE OUTLINE
This short, introductory course elaborates the business of ‘Philosophy’ – the study of conceptual and logical framework/s in terms of which we strive to make sense of our place in the world, and to bring meaning to our lives. The course examines what ‘Philosophy’ is, what it does, why we do it, and why it matters:

  • The history of Philosophy
  • The domain/subject matter of Philosophy
  • The methods of Philosophy
  • The practice of Philosophy
  • The application of Philosophy
  • The value of Philosophy
  • The abuse of Philosophy


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

  1. Become acquainted with the scope, and limitations, of Philosophical enquiry.
  2. Learn how Philosophy strives to explain ourselves to ourselves.
  3. Gain insights into the role of Philosophy in contemporary society.