Thinking Skills and Truth

Ref: C2341121

We all use 'true' and 'truth' and have an understanding of what they mean. But we don't normally try to define their meanings in a precise way. Philosophers have done this and developed different theories of truth. Familiarising yourself with some of these philosophical definitions and theories should help you think in a more systematic way. The course will cover 1. what we mean by 'true' in everyday language 2. knowledge as 'justified, true belief' 3. the correspondence theory of truth 4. the coherence theory of truth 5. the consensus theory of truth 6. the pragmatic theory of truth 7. the performance theory of truth

Course aim

To give students the opportunity to develop and practise thinking skills; to gain an understanding of different philosophical theories of truth; and to develop criteria for evaluating the claim that we "now live in a post truth age".

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • explain different meanings of 'true' in everyday language
  • state at least three different philosophical definitions of truth
  • summarize the cirteria for 'true' according to at least two different philosophical theories of truth
  • explain the main arguments in at least one philosophical theory of truth in more detail
  • giving reasons for your choice, suggest criteria for evaluating the claim that we "now live in a post truth age"

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
  • 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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You may wish to have a look at B Dupre, 50 Philosophy Ideas, chapters 2, 4, 6 N Fearn, Philosophy (Atlanta 2005), chapter 5

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
  • for more advanced study : article on truth in the online Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy : articles on truth in the online Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy :

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