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Creating Christianity – Writings of the Church Fathers and the First Ecumenical Councils

This course is a sequel to last year’s popular course on the making of the Christian canon in the second century and on the writings that did not make the cut. In this course, we examine the controversies of the 3rd, 4th and 5th centuries which led to the creation of the Christian church and the definition of orthodox Christianity in the historic creeds. With readings and discussion of the writings of the church fathers and so-called ‘heretical’ texts. SUGGESTED READING Henry... [More]

Thinking Dangerously Part 2: Nietzsche to Peter Singer

Who are philosophy’s most dangerous thinkers and why are they so scary? Nietzsche believed that morality should be discarded. Karl Marx advocated a dictatorship of the proletariat. Ayn Rand believed selfishness was a virtue. Judy Jarvis Thompson believed that the value of life was redundant to questions of personal freedom, arguing an unusual pro-choice view of abortion. This course provides an overview of the history of Western philosophical thought and seeks to place women back... [More]
$158 Limited inc GST / $142
Thinking Dangerously Part 2: Nietzsche to Peter Singer

<p>Who are philosophy’s most dangerous thinkers and why are they so scary? Nietzsche believed that morality should be discarded. Karl Marx advocated a dictatorship of the proletariat. Ayn Rand

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The Eighteenth Century Enlightenment: Liberty, Autonomy, Secularism

We will begin our journey into the eighteenth century through the bitingly satirical world of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels; written against the backdrop of the industrial revolution and growing political turmoil. Kant responds to the Modern challenge with a theory of the autonomous human subject who is confident in judgement and sceptical of orthodoxies, but not politically rebellious; Hegel believes that bureaucracy will free humans from the servitude of the personal; and... [More]
$260 Limited inc GST / $234
The Eighteenth Century Enlightenment: Liberty, Autonomy, Secularism

<p>We will begin our journey into the eighteenth century through the bitingly satirical world of Swift’s <em>Gulliver’s Travels</em>; written against the backdrop of the industrial revolution and

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Ethics In Focus: Friendship Reconsidered

How do you establish and maintain friendship? What should then be the ideal balance between love and respect in establishing and maintaining your friendship? The aim of this course is to learn how some philosophers constructed their arguments about friendship, and to consider, based on our own experience, the plausibility of their claims. This course is thus not just about learning philosophy, but about philosophising for yourself. SUGGESTED READING Annas, J.: "Plato and Aristotle... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Ethics In Focus: Friendship Reconsidered

<p>How do you establish and maintain friendship? What should then be the ideal balance between love and respect in establishing and maintaining your friendship? The aim of this course is to learn how

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Philosophy Basics: The Many Faces of Freedom

In the 18th century, two French mathematicians – Pierre-Louis Maupertuis and Joseph-Louis Lagrange – developed the Principle of Least Action. Drawing on ideas from Aristotle, Leibniz and Isaac Newton, this principle describes how every physical event, under its prevailing circumstances, is necessarily such that it ‘involves the minimum immediate expenditure of external energy’. If true, then this presents philosophers with a major challenge. With every atom in our bodies... [More]
$86 Limited inc GST / $77
Philosophy Basics: The Many Faces of Freedom

<p>In the 18th century, two French mathematicians – Pierre-Louis Maupertuis and Joseph-Louis Lagrange – developed the <em>Principle of Least Action</em>. Drawing on ideas from Aristotle, Leibniz and

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Philosophy Basics: Ontology - The Theory of Existence

Apples, rainbows and our sense of justice have absolutely nothing in common, except that they all somehow ‘exist’. But what does it mean to say that something ‘exists’, that something just ‘is’? What do existent things have or do that non-existent things don’t? Philosophers have pondered this question for millennia, yet there appears still to be no real consensus. In this short course we elaborate the underlying concepts, and construct from them a framework for understanding –... [More]
$86 Limited inc GST / $77
Philosophy Basics: Ontology - The Theory of Existence

<p>Apples, rainbows and our sense of justice have absolutely nothing in common, except that they all somehow ‘exist’. But what does it mean to say that something ‘exists’, that something just ‘is’?

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Human vs Machine: The Limits of the Human and the Evolution of Human Machines

Explore the human condition through our connection to machines and the technologies which are attempting to ‘mimic’ human behaviour. The Philosophy of Technology is a growing area of theory: it attempts to critically asses the possible impacts which new technologies may have on social, political and economic life, as well as the ‘nature’ of ourselves. We will consider: the new robotic machines; Information technologies and how they are changing our understanding of knowledge;... [More]

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