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Philosophy: The Great Thinkers (PHIL10003)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codePHIL10003
Semester 2
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This subject introduces you to some central themes of Philosophy through writings from great philosophers across history. Some of the thinkers and topics that may be covered include: Plato on moral ideas and knowledge; Kant on aesthetic judgment and value; thinkers from the Buddhist tradition; David Hume, Karl Marx and Ludwig Wittgenstein on religious belief.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • appreciate aspects of what it means to be a human being through the study of central works in the philosophical traditions;
  • identify and define key philosophical concepts;
  • read historical texts with particular focus on the philosophical arguments that are presented in these texts;
  • interpret texts that were written in the history of philosophy;
  • write well-structured and well-argued short essays that accurately explain and critically assess philosophical views;
  • articulate their own responses to philosophical views, support them by reasons and defend them in light of criticism.

Last updated: 11 January 2018