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Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory

The course will cover ideas which are central to contemporary political theory, for example: Conflict Theories; Shared-Values Theories and Exchange Theories. We will begin with a short overview of the history of political theory as a background to the present, and will cover theorists such as Hobbes, Montesquieu, de Tocqueville, and others. Some of the topics covered in the course are: Civil Society and its role in contemporary political reality; Contemporary Social Contract theory... [More]
$260 Limited inc GST / $234
Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory

<p>The course will cover ideas which are central to contemporary political theory, for example: Conflict Theories; Shared-Values Theories and Exchange Theories. We will begin with a short overview of

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The Philosophy of the Fall: Freedom and Confinement

This course moves across theology and philosophy to understand the contemporary importance of the Fall from grace. The Fall is a religious idea, but it also comes to signify an existential condition. Myth often concerns the idea of being cast out or made of an imperfect substance. This religiously framed story of being broken and thrown out of the ideal realm approximates deep truths about humanity’s imperfect condition. Many of the more optimistic and emancipatory ideas concerning... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
The Philosophy of the Fall: Freedom and Confinement

<p>This course moves across theology and philosophy to understand the contemporary importance of the Fall from grace. The Fall is a religious idea, but it also comes to signify an existential

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Philosophy and the Death of Man: After Humanism

Humanism once exalted and exulted Man as the pinnacle of God’s creation. Man had the Divine’s gift of creativity and the ability to make sense of the world. In philosophy, humanism at once was affirmed and challenged by the Enlightenment which threatened to reduce man to the machine but nevertheless continued to celebrate Man’s reason. After the horrors of the twentieth century, the idea of celebrating Man seemed perverse. With the growing awareness in philosophy and science that... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Philosophy and the Death of Man: After Humanism

<p>Humanism once exalted and exulted Man as the pinnacle of God’s creation. Man had the Divine’s gift of creativity and the ability to make sense of the world. In philosophy, humanism at once was

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Searching for Free Will and the Mind

In this course we examine the question of whether intelligence, self-consciousness, mind and free will are realities or illusions. We enquire from science and philosophy what each contributes and confront the dilemma of artificial vs biological intelligence. SUGGESTED READING Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained Roger Penrose, The Emperor’s New Mind Jurgen Lawrenz, Life & Mind — A Philosophical Quest COURSE OUTLINE The paradox of a thinking:... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Searching for Free Will and the Mind

<p>In this course we examine the question of whether intelligence, self-consciousness, mind and free will are realities or illusions. We enquire from science and philosophy what each contributes and

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Buddhism: A Cultural Journey

Buddhism has become one of the most popular global religions and its cultural reach has expanded phenomenally since the 1990s. In this course Walter Mason (author of Destination Cambodia) explores Buddhism’s main divisions, its cultural and historical forms and how the Buddhist tradition is lived in various countries. This course will also explore Buddhism’s more recent journey to the West and some of the most important figures in Buddhist iconography. COURSE OUTLINE Theravada –... [More]
$138 Limited inc GST / $124
Buddhism: A Cultural Journey

<p>Buddhism has become one of the most popular global religions and its cultural reach has expanded phenomenally since the 1990s. In this course Walter Mason (author of <em>Destination Cambodia</em>)

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Martin Luther: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

When a young and pious monk named Martin Luther is said to have made a bold protest in 1517 by nailing 95 theses to the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, little did he realise the storm that would break. His actions would unleash a revolution that shook the medieval church to its foundations and changed the religious and political world forever. Learn how this man’s ideas both inspired and outraged princes, clerics, popes and the Holy Roman Emperor himself.... [More]
$158 Limited inc GST / $142
Martin Luther: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

<p>When a young and pious monk named Martin Luther is said to have made a bold protest in 1517 by nailing 95 theses to the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, little did he realise the

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Truth & Skepticism In a Post-Truth Age

Post-truth is the disregard for truth even when empirical evidence and good reasoning have shown some ‘fact’ to be unlikely; it is a mental attitude which makes evidence secondary in the formation of beliefs. In this course we will study the philosophy and psychology of truth, belief states, Relativism and Skepticism; and look at the problems of scientific knowledge, media and politics. Skepticism has suffered criticism because it is taken to imply an unacceptable relativism of all... [More]

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