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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 the University of Sydney.

Philosophy Course: Wittgenstein's Life, Language and Thoughts

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses at the University of Sydney. Ludwig Wittgenstein occupies a unique place in 20th Century philosophy. He brings a depth of understanding and richness of vision unparalleled in the history of modern linguistics, and profoundly influenced all 20th and 21st Centuries development in the connection between language and thought. Ludwig Wittgenstein’s... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Wittgenstein's Life, Language and Thoughts
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Philosophy Course: The Fabulous Nineteenth Century

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses at the University of Sydney. 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... [More]
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Philosophy Course: The Fabulous Nineteenth Century
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Philosophy for Science Course II: What Must the World Be Like?

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses 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... [More]
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Philosophy for Science Course II: What Must the World Be Like?
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Philosophy for Science Course IV: Where Classical Physics Ends and Quantum Mechanics Begins

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses 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... [More]
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Philosophy of Fiction Course: The Novel Part II

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses at the University of Sydney. The 19th Century novel was primarily representational; its purpose was to describe or reflect the world, but in the Modern novel language is also understood as forming ‘reality’. The Modern novel responds to ideas in the new sciences; behavioral sociology and psychology. The theory of the unconscious was of great... [More]
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Introduction to Philosophy Course I

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses 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... [More]
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Philosophy Course: How Socrates Can Change Your Life

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses at the University of Sydney. Socrates is arguably the most unforgettable, if not the most influential, philosopher in the western philosophical tradition. If Plato, among others, is to be believed, Socrates was an innovative thinker in metaphysics, logic, epistemology and ethics, to name but four branches of philosophy. He not only addressed the... [More]
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Philosophy Course: How Socrates Can Change Your Life
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Philosophical Investigations Course: Religion Vs Science: 'The God Spot'?

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses at the University of Sydney. Recent studies show that not only do most people in the world practise some form of religious belief, but also that many of these people seem to be happier! Are we “hardwired” for religious belief, as some scientists are claiming now? Is there a “God Spot” in our brains? Join us and find out in this fully illustrated... [More]
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Philosophy Basics Course: Ontology - The Theory of Existence

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses 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,... [More]
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Philosophy Basics Course: Ontology - The Theory of Existence
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Philosophical Investigations Course: Animal Liberation

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn about philosophy the smart way with Philosophy courses at the University of Sydney. One of the most remarkable and influential philosophical revolutions of recent times is the “animal liberation” movement. It has lead to the recognition of animal rights and/or “interests”; to a heightened awareness of sentience and animal suffering; and it has in several respects paved the way for a more... [More]
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