Great Texts in Philosophy and Ethics
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- 24 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- explain some classic debates and topics in philosophy and ethics
- analyse arguments in the relevant literature
- critically evaluate relevant theories and arguments
- communicate clearly your own perspective on the views and arguments presented in the unit
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite 130cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (pre-2020 units) PHIL351, PHL351 NCCW (2020 and onwards) PHIL3051 Social Philosophy
No additional requirements
Some problems in philosophy and ethics are central to our understanding of ourselves and the world: What is virtue? What is it to lead a good life? What can we know about the world? What is it to be free? What is it to be human? In this unit, we’ll trace some of these key questions back to their origins in classic philosophical texts, giving you a chance to engage deeply with the ideas of central thinkers in the history of philosophy. The unit will involve a close reading of one or more pivotal philosophical texts, which may include such foundational works as Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Specific texts will vary from year to year. Information about current and upcoming texts will be available on the Philosophy Department’s website.
- Active participation (20%)
- Philosophical Essay (40%)
- Online quizzes (20%)
- Reflective writing (20%)
Current study term: 23 Jul 23 to 05 Nov 23
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