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Human Reason: A Theoretical and Practical Guide

This course gives an introduction to Reason. Firstly we will assess what it is; how we use it; and its value to human life. We will study its role in both theoretical and practical matters, and we will consider the principles of good reasoning and how to assess our beliefs with reason. Other issues will be: conflict resolution through reason; the connection of reason to our emotional and ethical lives; Decision Theory; reason and rhetoric; consistency and coherence theories and the ... [More]
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Heidegger Course

For Heidegger “we ourselves are the entities to be analyzed” and this is both a rational, objective task and a subjective introspection on ourselves. His phenomenology of ‘lived experience’ is a corrective to the enlightenment idea of reason: “Thinking begins only when we have come to know that reason, glorified for centuries, is the stiff-necked adversary of thought”. We will approach Heidegger’s profound and challenging philosophy thematically, drawing from all of his works on iss... [More]
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France and French Civilisation Course: From Napoleon to Today

This course will explore the cultural history of France from the era of Napoleon to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the outstanding architectural and artistic achievements of the period, both in Paris and elsewhere in France. This legacy includes both secular and sacred buildings and works of art: châteaux, palaces, triumphal arches, opera houses, theatres, town houses, art galleries and museums, city scapes, churches, cathedrals, sculptures, and paintings. In addition, ... [More]
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Gothic Art and Architecture Course

The Gothic style of art and architecture, with its graceful spires, elongated proportions and air of chivalry, is often described as emerging seamlessly from the apparently ‘bulky’ Romanesque that preceded it. This course questions the origins of the Gothic in continental Europe, examining its different styles in France and Italy in particular, and tracing its influence through the Italian and Northern Renaissances to the theories of Ruskin and the work of the pre-Raphaelites. For t... [More]
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Rhythms and Purposes Course II

Delivered by the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Jillian Fine on 0410 497 870 or 02 9449 7870 or email Jillian Fine. Learn Jewish culture in Sydney with lessons and courses at the University of Sydney. Developed and led by the Melton Centre at th... [More]
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Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Course

Delivered by the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Jillian Fine on 0410 497 870 or 02 9449 7870 or email Jillian Fine. Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the... [More]
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Philosophy for Science Course I: The Language and Logic of Science

Learn Philosophy for Science in Sydney with Philosophy for Science training from the University of Sydney – Philosophy for Science courses open to everyone. Science is a ‘methodology’: a particular way of observing and explaining the world, of answering the one big question: “What must the world be like, in order that it produce the phenomena we observe?” This Language and Logic of Science course is part one of a four part Philosophy for Science series which elaborates the ‘language... [More]
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Ibn Battuta Course: A Muslim Traveller of the 14th Century

Ibn Battuta is considered to be one of the greatest travellers of all time. He set out from his native city of Tangier in 1325 at the age of 21 on a pilgrimage to Mecca. By the time he returned 29 years later, he had visited most of the Muslim world as far as China. This course will examine the first part of his remarkable journey; his travels from Tangier to Constantinople (modern Istanbul). We will explore the contemporary cultures that Ibn Battuta experienced and the monuments th... [More]

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The Fabulous Philosophers of the 19th Century Course

Darwin, Marx, Freud, Mill, Kierkegaard and Dostoyevsky What a century! There are so many towering intellects to choose from it is difficult to decide who has had the most impact on the twentieth and twenty first century. Marx utterly transformed political theory and political reality; Darwin’s evolutionary theory has affected almost every area of science and social theory; and Freud’s theory of the unconscious became one of the most powerful subjective realties of self understanding... [More]
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Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka Course: The Dark Laughter of Existence

Both writers share a wonderful sense of the absurd, both blend myth with daily life through language and both are interested in the structure of ‘waiting’. They are uncompromising about the reality of the human condition. Life can sometimes be without hope, but it also can be lived with compassion and laughter, courage and dignity in the ‘face of life’s absurdity’. The course will examine the philosophical ideas behind both writers and their philosophical sources. Samuel Beckett mak... [More]
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