Asking Philosophical Questions - Ethics and Personal Identity

Ref: C2341049

Philosophical questions are distinctive, different from scientific or practical questions for example. Philosophy explores fundamental issues such as who we are (personal identity) and what is moral. This course provides an introduction of to these questions and some answers.

Course aim

Find out what kind of questions philosophers ask about personal identity and ethics and how Philosophy responds to them.

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 what is distinctive about philosophical questions
  • Explain in more detail at least one type of philosophical question each in relation to a) personal identity and b) ethics
  • Give an indication of the issues typically discussed in the different branches of Philosophy covered on the course
  • Explain in more detail issues typically discussed in at least one branch of Philosophy covered on the course
  • 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

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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Asking Philosophical Questions - Ethics and Personal Identity

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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