How to think like a Philosopher

Ref: C2339820

Philosophy has distinctive ways of thinking, which can be learnt. This short course is an opportunity to acquire and practice key philosophical skills such as how to distinguish a good from a bad argument; how to examine assumptions; and how to make a judgement about whether conclusions follow. Philosophical questions are distinctive, different from scientific or practical questions for example. Philosophy explores fundamental issues such as who we are (personal identity); what is moral; how best to organize human societies; what we can know; what is real. Each of these issues is examines in a particular 'branch' of Philosophy, such as philosophy of mind; ethics; political philosophy; theory of knowledge (epistemology); or metaphysics. This course provides an introduction to the questions and branches of Philosophy.

Course aim

to provide a gentle introduction to philosophical thinking skills and the kind of questions philosophers ask

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • explain the criteria for a good 'argument' in the philosophical sense
  • give examples of assumptions underlying people's judgments
  • explain what is distinctive about philosophical questions
  • give an indication of the issues typically discussed in the different branches of Philosophy covered on the course, with more detail for at least one branch of Philosophy
  • identify new questions or angles which have arisen for you as a result of the course

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • suggested further reading : E Craig, Philosophy. A Very Short Introduction

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How to think like a Philosopher

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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