The Language Philosophers Use: The Basics

Ref: C2342497

The language of Philosophy, like the language of any specialism, can be obscure and unexpected and therefore a barrier to learning more about philosophical thinking and philosophers. This short course tries to lower the barrier by explaining key terms used in Philosophy and giving students the opportunity to practice them. It will cover terminology used in logic, ethics, political philosophy, the theory of knowledge, and metaphysics.

Course aim

to offer ways through the jungle of philosophical language and give students the opportunity to practice some of the terms covered

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • give a short explanation of one term from each of the areas of Philosophy covered
  • give a more in-depth explanation of at least one term each from two of the areas of Philosophy covered
  • say, giving reasons, how useful one or more philosophical term(s) is in enhancing my understanding of the issues the term relates to
  • give examples of terms not covered on the course that I would like to understand better

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?

  • 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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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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The Language Philosophers Use: The Basics

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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