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Objectivity and Value (PHIL30047)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePHIL30047
Semester 1
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This subject explores the nature of value in human life. The kinds of value explored may include all or some of moral and ethical value, aesthetic value, religious value, political value, and epistemic value. Are such values capable of being objectively true or real, or are they essentially 'subjective', having no ground or warrant outside the individual, or perhaps the society or culture, who affirms them? And just how helpful, anyway, is the objective/subjective contrast for thinking about the nature of value? In this subject we will explore some of the main attempts through philosophical history up until the present, to answer these questions.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • understand philosophical concepts and approaches that have been used to articulate the value-orientation of human life and activity;
  • have a deeper appreciation of what it means to be a human being living a distinctively human life;
  • be able to bring this appreciation to bear on their other academic studies, and also on the living of their own lives;
  • be able to write well-argued essays that clearly set out and critically reflect on philosophical views

Last updated: 11 October 2019