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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: 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: Art and Civilisation

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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: Philosophy of Religion

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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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Philosophy Course: The Philosophy of Language

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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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Introduction to Philosophy Course I

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Philosophy and Film Course: The Philosophy in 'Inception'

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Join us as we explore the philosophy behind Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. This philosophy course considers the theoretical presuppositions inherent in the film and the key themes of dreams as alternate states to reality, knowledge (how do you know?), and scepticism (do we know anything?). Finally, we will consider the film’s final ‘cliff-hanger’ scene in which many of us want to know, did the top... [More]
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Philosophy and Film Course: The Philosophy in 'Inception'

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Philosophy Course: Free Will, Fate, and Determinism

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. This philosophy course considers the various puzzles concerning the definition, nature and existence of free will, and the two alleged threats to free will: determinism and fate. Join us for a discussion on determinism as the main threat to freedom. Arguments for and against whether free will exists will be considered. This course will refer to the films, Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Free Will, Fate, and Determinism

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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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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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Philosophy Course: 200 Years of Marx

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. The last few years have witnessed major resurgences in Marxist studies and the publication of new books on these ideas. This resurgence has been prompted by the contemporary problems facing late capitalism, particularly the growing gap between the very rich and the working poor. This course will take an in-depth look at Marx’s philosophy and its... [More]
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Philosophy in the 21st Century Course: Ten Great Contemporary Thinkers

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Aims This course aims to provide a broad introduction to the most important issues of our age, through the works of some of the best contemporary philosophers and thinkers. We will cover a range of contemporary issues including the latest works on ecology, genetics, religion, law, language, science and the human condition. Some of the philosophers and their works we will discuss include Timothy Morton’s... [More]
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