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Resurgence and Change in Religion: Beliefs in Transition

A century ago most scholars believed that the great religions were all on the way out, to be replaced by a world-wide secular culture. The reality has been rather different, with old religions surviving and growing within the culture, often in new forms and with new religions and pseudo-religions arising. This series looks at dramatic changes in the place of religion in many societies in the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on the 4 Bs of religion: Believing, Belonging, Behaving... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Resurgence and Change in Religion: Beliefs in Transition

<p>A century ago most scholars believed that the great religions were all on the way out, to be replaced by a world-wide secular culture. The reality has been rather different, with old religions

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The Panorama of Philosophy: An Introduction

Philosophy is for most of us a body of works full of difficult ideas. But intrinsically, these doctrines are a 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 built coherent theories about life and the world even without knowing everything about them. In... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
The Panorama of Philosophy: An Introduction

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

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How is The 'Self' Related to 'Others'?

The issue of how the self is related to other people remains a point of contention amongst philosophers. It raises such questions as: Is a person a self-contained, independent entity or is one’s development inherently mediated by others? What implications does this have for how we come to know others? Do we have access to this knowledge through their minds, bodies or both? To address such questions, this course will explore various approaches to the philosophy of intersubjectivity,... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
How is The 'Self' Related to 'Others'?

<p>The issue of how the self is related to other people remains a point of contention amongst philosophers. It raises such questions as: Is a person a self-contained, independent entity or is one’s

...

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Humanism: An Enlightened Life Stance

The no-religion category has now overtaken all religions in the Australian Census. What is the belief system motivating this paradigm shift? Humanism holds that the best knowledge is to be obtained through science, and the best morality is motivated by human welfare. Related descriptions include Freethought, Rationalism, Secularism, Atheism – and there are societies supporting each theme. With enlightenment comes the realisation that humans are responsible for their own welfare. We... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Humanism: An Enlightened Life Stance

<p>The no-religion category has now overtaken all religions in the Australian Census. What is the belief system motivating this paradigm shift? Humanism holds that the best knowledge is to be obtained

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

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

...

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

Philosophy of the Body and Mind

Drawing from both the Western and Chinese traditions, examine philosophical ideas about the nature of the human body: what kind of entity is it, and how does it produce our self-hood as individuals and as a species? We address topic such as: The concept of a healthy body; the body and sexuality; the body and pain; and the concept of ‘deviant bodies’. COURSE OUTLINE What is the Human Body? We will begin with an overview of philosophers both Ancient and Modern. We will examine their... [More]

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200 Years of Marx

2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. The last few years have witnessed major resurgences in Marxist studies and the publication of new books on these ideas. This resurgence has been prompted by the contemporary problems facing late capitalism, particularly the growing gap between the very rich and the working poor. Take an in-depth look at Marx’s philosophy and its substantial influence from the 19th C to our contemporary situation. Historically we will... [More]

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