How to Think Like a Philosopher

Ref: C2340738

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.

Course aim

To provide a gentle introduction to philosophical thinking and give the opportunity to acquire and practise key philosophical skills

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:

  • define 'argument' in the philosophical sense
  • tell the difference between a good and a bad argument
  • give examples of assumptions underlying people's judgments
  • give examples of conclusions which follow, and which don't follow, from starting points
  • say in your own words what 'thinking like a philosopher' means

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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

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How to Think Like a Philosopher

Enrolment 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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