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Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or practice these beliefs. Conversely, many of those who belong to one or more of the world’s most significant religious communities – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam – do not believe some of the basic tenets of their faith. This course examines the changing relations... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

<p>Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or

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Plesae note the start date of this course has been moved to Tuesday 4th June.

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What the Qur'an Actually Says

An introduction to the Qur’an. Let the book speak for itself on significant issues of belief and conduct, including the role of women, jihad and the promises of heaven and hell. [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
What the Qur'an Actually Says

An introduction to the Qur’an. Let the book speak for itself on significant issues of belief and conduct, including the role of women, jihad and the promises of heaven and hell.

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Are You Determined?

There is recent popularization of the denial of free will known as “Free Will Skepticism.” Libet’s science experiments in the 1980s cast doubt whether we have conscious control of our actions. Philosophers too are skeptical: Galen Strawson writes that free will is just incoherent, therefore impossible. Hard Determinists argue that since universal determinism is true it precludes free choice. These views face the problem answering why most of us have the belief that during the... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Are You Determined?

<p>There is recent popularization of the denial of free will known as “Free Will Skepticism.” Libet’s science experiments in the 1980s cast doubt whether we have conscious control of our actions.

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The Russian Orthodox Church - Before, During and After Communism

The Orthodox Church in Russia traces its origins to the decision of Prince Vladimir of Kiev to adopt the Eastern Orthodox faith as his new state religion in 988 AD. Over more than a thousand years, the Russian Orthodox Church has helped to forge a distinctive Russian national identity, especially during persecution from external or internal enemies. In this course, we will learn how the Church has either endured or enjoyed its relationship with the state, under the various forms of... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
The Russian Orthodox Church - Before, During and After Communism

<p>The Orthodox Church in Russia traces its origins to the decision of Prince Vladimir of Kiev to adopt the Eastern Orthodox faith as his new state religion in 988 AD. Over more than a thousand years

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Introduction to Postmodernism: Foucault and Derrida

‘Postmodernism’ often elicits polarised reactions, sometimes based on presumptions about its central ideas. We redress some of the misunderstandings surrounding Postmodernism, by giving an in depth introduction to two of its most prominent philosophers. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction: What is Postmodernism, sorting out fact from fable. Foucault: The construction of the subject through power and knowledge. Bio-Power: How do political and cultural institutions use the human body, with... [More]
$270 Limited inc GST / $243
Introduction to Postmodernism: Foucault and Derrida

<p>‘Postmodernism’ often elicits polarised reactions, sometimes based on presumptions about its central ideas. We redress some of the misunderstandings surrounding Postmodernism, by giving an in depth

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Philosophy of Time

Reality as humans know it, from the cosmic order to our subjective human experience, has a temporal dimension. We consider the many approaches to understanding the issue of time. COURSE OUTLINE What is Time: Introduction to concepts of time. Some theories to be considered will be presentism and eternalism, and the issue of whether time has a definitive direction. In contemporary physics the direction of time may be reversible, but this is paradoxical to our ordinary experience of... [More]
$270 Limited inc GST / $243
Philosophy of Time

<p>Reality as humans know it, from the cosmic order to our subjective human experience, has a temporal dimension. We consider the many approaches to understanding the issue of time.<br/><p><br/><

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Resurgence and Change in Religion: Behaving in Transition

All religions teach their followers how they should behave to members of their own religious community and to outsiders. Rules on Behaving are an outcome of both their Believing and their Belonging, and offer rewards and punishments which are often highly contentious and may conflict with civil law. This course looks at changes in the ethical and moral teachings of the great religions over the centuries, and how they have influenced, and been affected by, changes in secular culture... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Resurgence and Change in Religion: Behaving in Transition

<p>All religions teach their followers how they should behave to members of their own religious community and to outsiders. Rules on Behaving are an outcome of both their Believing and their

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The Yogasūtras of Patañjali

The Yogasūtras of Patañjali written in Sanskrit, is the oldest exposition of a meditative practice from Ancient India. Unlike its modern meaning, yoga meant meditation. Behind this practice is a fascinating philosophy that involves both Hindu and Buddhist thought. The course will guide the students through the complex and cryptic nature of Pantañjali’s exposition. It is not designed to teach people meditation or yoga. It is a theoretical look at the concepts behind Patañjali’s... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
The Yogasūtras of Patañjali

The Yogasūtras of Patañjali written in Sanskrit, is the oldest exposition of a meditative practice from Ancient India. Unlike its modern meaning, yoga meant meditation. Behind this practice is a

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The Panorama of Philosophy: The Greek Philosophers

Philosophy is for most of us a body of works full of difficult ideas. But intrinsically, these doctrines are schooling for thought. They rest on the belief that we are rational creatures, that reason is our defining attribute, and that this capacity helps us to understand truth and falsehood. Therefore it is possible for us to demonstrate some things “beyond reasonable doubt”, and to build coherent theories about life and the world even without knowing everything about them. We... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
The Panorama of Philosophy: The Greek Philosophers

<p>Philosophy is for most of us a body of works full of difficult ideas. But intrinsically, these doctrines are schooling for thought. They rest on the belief that we are rational creatures, that

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Are You Free? The Free Will and Determinism Debate

Free will is like a friend that everybody wants. It’s needed for moral responsibility and blame in criminal law. It’s required for creativity, and pursuing excellence. In theology it is presupposed as a basis for the doctrine of the human person in the fall and redemption. But despite the universal need that law and religion have for free will, their need for it creates a paradox. It is as if their personalities are not compatible and free will must go. This course considers... [More]
$215 Limited inc GST / $193
Are You Free? The Free Will and Determinism Debate

<p>Free will is like a friend that everybody wants. It’s needed for moral responsibility and blame in criminal law. It’s required for creativity, and pursuing excellence. In theology it is presupposed

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.