Thinking for Yourself - Philosophy

Ref: C3669776

The modular sessions will be in the form of seminars, exploring historical and current philosophical issues through example, reference and a lot of discussion

Course aim

To introduce, and expand on, some of the terminology and methodology utilised in the pursuit of philosophical investigation.

Who is the course for?

An inquiring mind is all that is required

What topics will this course cover

Epistemology - Theory of knowledge Ethics Philosophy of Mind Aesthetics Philosophies of Religion, Science, Politics and Language But with a concentration on social/scientific issues and ethics

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Understand and articulate the principle that there are often no answers, only further questions Demonstrate the ability to employ and deploy those questions Formulate such questions and arguments needed to live "the examined life (Socrates)" Systematically and logically pursue their own interests and enthusiams

How will I know I'm making progress?

Constant monitoring and discussion by and with tutor

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Constant monitoring and discussion by and with tutor

Reading and information sources

Sources will be recommended during the course, according to the interests and abilities of the student

What could the course lead to?

This will depend upon the interests of the student. The whole world is there to explore and study.

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Thinking for Yourself - Philosophy Course Outline


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