So, What Is 'Philosophy', Anyway?

In recent decades, Philosophy escaped from the hallowed halls of Academia into the public domain and today everyone is ‘philosophizing’ all over the place! But why? This introductory course elaborates the business of ‘Philosophy’: what it is, and how we use it to make sense of the world and of our place in it, and to bring meaning to our lives.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Ayer, A.J. (1969): Metaphysics and Common Sense (Macmillan)
  • de Botton, A. (2000): The Consolations of Philosophy (Penguin, 2008)
  • Gaarder, J. (1994): Sophie’s World – A Novel about the History of Philosophy (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015)
  • Magee, B. (1997): Confessions of a Philosopher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Magee, B. (2001): The Great Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy (Oxford)
  • Russell, B. (1961): History of Western Philosophy, 2nd ed’n (Routledge, 1996)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The definition of “Philosophy”
  • The history of Philosophy
  • The domain/subject matter of Philosophy
  • The methods of Philosophy
  • The business of ‘critical thinking’
  • Selected questions addressed by Philosophy

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.
$81 Limited / $73

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