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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 in Sydney at the University of Sydney.

Philosophy for Science Course IV: Where Classical Physics Ends and Quantum Mechanics Begins

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. 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, that it produce the phenomena we observe?” This course is the final part a four part Philosophy for Science series which explores why, around the turn of the twentieth century, classical... [More]
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Philosophy for Science Course II: What Must the World Be Like?

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. 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 course is part two of a four part Philosophy for Science series which applies the language and logic of Science to the task of... [More]
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Philosophy Course: The Art of Critical Thinking

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. This philosophy course aims to develop critical thinking skills through practical sessions and the study of informal logic techniques. We will learn the basics of a good argument and evaluate the problems which make an argument go wrong. We will work through practical exercises and evaluate examples from everyday life. The aim of the... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Simone de Beauvoir

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. Since the publication of the 2010 new, unabridged English translation of The Second Sex, there has been a growing interest in the extent and complexity of de Beauvoir’s philosophical ideas. Some of these ideas are: The nature and limits of human freedom (She Came to Stay, Pyrrhus and Cineas); The role of imagination in the authentic... [More]
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Neuroscience and Philosophy Course: The Search for Happiness

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. What is the nature of happiness? What role do pleasure and pain play? What of well-being or contentment? Neuroscience has provided us with some astonishing insights into such things (pleasure, pain, well-being, mindfulness, and so on). In this neuroscience and philosophy course we focus on happiness as much recent neuroscientific... [More]
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Philosophy Basics Course: Ontology - The Theory of Existence

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. Apples, rainbows and our sense of justice have absolutely nothing in common, except that they all somehow ‘exist’. But what does it mean to say that something ‘exists’, that something just ‘is’? What do existent things have or do that non-existent things don’t? Philosophers have pondered this question for millennia, yet there appears... [More]
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Philosophy of Law Course: Jurisprudence

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. The laws of a society embody both its highest ideals and its worst nightmares. This philosophy of Law course examines the origins of law and why humans invent laws for themselves. Jurisprudence is the area of philosophy which studies the fundamental concepts on which legal systems are based. We will compare different cultural and... [More]
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Introduction to Philosophy Course I

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. This philosophy course provides participants with an understanding of the history of philosophy and the major contribution philosophy has made to areas of thought, such as political theory, ethics, aesthetics and the sciences. This introduction to philosophy course encourages the development of critical thinking and the use of informal... [More]
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Philosophy of Fiction Course: The Novel Part 1

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes is frequently cited as the first significant European ‘novel’. Broadly the course will begin from the 17th c, however we will firstly discuss the features which constitute a ‘novel’ and the longer historical story of its emergence from other forms of narrative. We will then proceed historically... [More]
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Philosophy for Science Course I: The Language and Logic of Science

Philosophy courses in Sydney. Open to everyone. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney. 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’ of... [More]
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Philosophy for Science Course I: The Language and Logic of Science
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