Day School: Perception and Reality - A Philosophical Exploration

Ref: C3741289

This interactive, fun and thought-provoking Philosophy study day covers different accounts of our knowledge of the material world, focussing on the connection between perception and reality. How much of what we perceive is really a feature of the world and how much is a feature of our minds? Different philosophical answers to this question will be considered and evaluated, enabling learners to form reasoned judgements about them.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To introduce and evaluate three different philosophical accounts of sense perception and reality (raising important philosophical questions about knowledge), with reference to key philosophers and much discussion.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No prior knowledge is required, but a good grasp of English is essential

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

  • Explain three key philosophical accounts of perception and reality.
  • Identify some of the main criticisms of the theories covered.
  • Think critically about issues arising from the content of the study day

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • It might be helpful to bring paper and a pen with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The tutor will recommend reading during the study day

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Individual reading/research and attending public Philosophy events

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Day School: Perception and Reality - A Philosophical Exploration


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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