The Language Philosophers Use

Ref: C2345487

The language of Philosophy, like the language of any specialism, can be obscure and unexpected and therefore a barrier to learning more about philosophical thinking and philosophers. This course tries to lower the barrier by explaining key terms used in Philosophy and giving students the opportunity to practice them. It will cover terminology used in logic, ethics, political philosophy, the theory of knowledge and metaphysics. There will be opportunities for students to ask for clarification of other philosophical terms they find confusing.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to offer ways through the jungle of philosophical language and give students the opportunity to practice some of the terms covered.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • give a short explanation of one term from each of the areas of Philosophy covered
  • give a more in-depth explanation of at least one term each from two of the areas of Philosophy covered
  • say, giving reasons, how useful one or more philosophical term(s) is/are in enhancing your understanding of the issues the term relates to
  • give examples of terms arising from the course that you would like to understand better

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Bring pen and paper or other ways to make notes. It will be useful to have access to the Internet.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Language Philosophers Use

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