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Philosophy

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence.

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. In more casual speech, by extension, “philosophy” can refer to “the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group”. Learn about philosophy the smart way with philosophy courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Philosophy Course: Spinoza

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Spinoza was one of the towering philosophers of the 17th century, described by Bertrand Russell as "the noblest and most lovable of all the great philosophers". His work investigates some of the deepest questions of philosophy. He made significant contributions to understanding the human mind, the emotions, moral philosophy and politics. In this introductory course, we will focus on Spinoza’s ideas and... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Spinoza

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Philosophy Course: Introduction to Postmodernism - Foucault and Derrida

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. ‘Postmodernism’ often elicits polarised reactions, sometimes based on presumptions about its central ideas. This course aims to redress some of the misunderstandings surrounding Postmodernism, by giving an in depth introduction to two of its most prominent philosophers. I will argue that both Foucault and Derrida give an analysis of political power and its institutions, which are crucial to understanding... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Introduction to Postmodernism - Foucault and Derrida

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Philosophy”}</p><p>‘Postmodernism’ often elicits polarised reactions, sometimes based on presumptions about its central ideas. This course aims to redress some of the

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Philosophy Course: Democracy

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Astra Taylor (2019) quipped that 'Democracy may not exist but we will miss it when it’s gone': a timely remark as the discussion grows concerning the ‘crisis of democracy’ in the current world situation. During this course, we will study the philosophical and historical roots of democratic systems; why they emerge and why they falter. We will discuss the core elements that make a democracy ‘democratic’... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Democracy

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Philosophy”}</p><p>Astra Taylor (2019) quipped that <em>'Democracy may not exist but we will miss it when it’s gone'</em>: a timely remark as the discussion grows

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Philosophy Course: Introduction to Nietzsche

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. That which is done out of love always takes place beyond Good and Evil. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil. Nietzsche is famous for his theories of Nihilism; the eternal return; will to power; master/slave morality; God is dead; and free spirits. We will read selections from Nietzsche’s early, middle, and late works, and discuss the development of his ideas and his complex, poetic/philosophical... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Introduction to Nietzsche

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Philosophy”}</p><p><blockquote><p>That which is done out of love always takes place beyond Good and Evil.</p><span class="quote-cite">Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good

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Philosophy Course: Formal Logic and Arguments

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. This course offers a basic introduction to symbolic logic and deductive arguments, truth-tables and truth-trees. Formal logic is a powerful tool that can be used to evaluate an argument’s validity for proper form. Deductive arguments are found in philosophy, ethics and other disciplines where precision and rigour are required. Join us to learn how to translate arguments from English into propositional... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Formal Logic and Arguments

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Philosophy Course: Art and Civilisation

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. In this course, we will consider what constitutes a ‘civilisation’ and the kinds of art produced by civilisations. We will also look at topics including urban development and social stratification, and ask whether art produced by civilisations has shared features. In our discussions on art we will look at: theories of beauty, grandeur and obedience, Utopias and Arcadias, the Hero in art and the artist as... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. This course on the philosophy of religion examines religious experience while borrowing from different schools of thought, including psychology, anthropology, sociology, phenomenology and political theory. Religion is central to the personal lives of many people. It is integrated in the cultural heritage of every people, and understanding it is crucial to understanding the human condition. We will delve... [More]
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Philosophy Course: The Philosophy of Language

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Join us for an in-depth exploration of the philosophy of language, from Sophists to sociolinguistics. From the beginning of both Eastern and Western philosophy, the nature of language has been a significant topic of interest. Sanskrit scholars and grammarians (400 BCE) first raised many questions that have travelled down through history: How does language convey truth? What is the connection between words... [More]
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Introduction to Philosophy Course I

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. This introductory philosophy course provides an understanding of the history of philosophy and the major contribution it has made to areas of thought such as political theory, ethics, aesthetics and the sciences. It encourages the development of critical thinking and the use of informal logic techniques as you explore some of history’s great thinkers and philosophers including the Greek pre-Socratics,... [More]
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The Fabulous Philosophers of the 19th Century Course

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. 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... [More]
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