Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy

Ref: C3679660

Philosophy critically examines our fundamental understanding and seeks rational justification for claims made by common sense, science and religion. Pretty well anything can fall within its scope. Its core skill is argument; its core requirement is curiosity and wonder. This course introduces philosophical thinking and argument through an examination of various traditional philosophical problems including: Mind / Freedom / Knowledge / God / The Good / Time. All essential resources will be supplied.

Course aim

To introduce participants to philosophical thinking by examining a range of issues considered central to the subject.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • All participants require is a willingness to question and learn how to critically assess various positions.

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

  • Participants should be able to understand the source of puzzlement and difficulty pertaining to the issues discussed.
  • Know how to question some common assumptions relating to the issues discussed.
  • Understand some key philosophical arguments pertaining to the issues discussed.
  • Engage in philosophical discussion with at least basic skills of argument.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing extra required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy

Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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