Introduction to Philosophy
This 10 week course provides an introduction to some of the central problems of philosophy, examining original texts of a range of philosophers from the Enlightenment (e.g. Descartes, Hume) to the twentieth century (e.g. Bernard Williams, Robert Nozick). It will cover one topic per fortnight, to give students more time to assimilate the lecture and reading before discussing it in the forums. The course assumes no prior knowledge of philosophy and close attention will be paid to helping students understand the language and methods of philosophical argument. All the texts are available in the textbook Reading Philosophy which students are encouraged to buy (though some of the texts are in the public domain and will be made available through Moodle, the course learning management system). There will be a short quiz on each topic.
- Pre-recorded lectures and reading will go online on the first Monday of the fortnight and remain available for the duration of the course. (e.g. 'Descartes and Doubt', Monday 30th July).
- The quiz will go online on the first Monday and remain available for the duration of the course. (e.g. 'Descartes and Doubt', Monday 30thJuly).
- Discussion of the previous week's lecture and reading will take place in online forums starting on the second Monday following the lecture (e.g. forum on 'Descartes and Doubt' - 6th August to 13th August).
- NEW CERTIFICATE OPTION. Participants will have the option of attaining a course certificate by attaining a 60% pass rate in the quizzes and submitting an essay of 1000 - 1500 words, for an extra fee of £35.
30 July 2018 to 8 October 2018
Dr Sam Fremantle, Dr Isabella Muzio, Dr Karl Egerton.
Course fee £120*
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