Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will have:

  1. identification of the distinctive attributes acquired and developed in the degree of the philosophy degree
  2. understanding of the diversity of philosophical approaches and traditions as exemplified in the different approaches and methods for doing and writing philosophy
  3. enhanced reasoning and critical thinking skills
  4. enhanced imaginative, creative and reflective abilities
  5. enhanced ability to demonstrate precision of thought and expression in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems
  6. applied understanding of the philosophical values of intellectual openness, humility, and honesty in recognising the force of conclusions reached by a careful assessment of arguments.
    • INTRODUCTION: What is a Capstone Unit?
    • INTRODUCTION: The Analytical vs Continental Divide
    • ETHICS AND APPLIED ETHICS STREAM: Methods in Moral Philosophy - the case of evil
    • ETHICS AND APPLIED ETHICS STREAM: Ethics and Cognitive Science
    • ETHICS AND APPLIED ETHICS STREAM: Methods in Political Philosophy - Ideal Theory
    • SOCIAL, CONTINENTAL PHL STREAM: Classical German Philosophy and its Contemporary Significance
    • SOCIAL, CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY STREAM: Contemporary Critical Theory
    • SOCIAL, CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY STREAM: Analytical and Continental Aesthetics
    • MIND, METAPHYSICS AND MEANING STREAM: Conceptual analysis and Philosophical Method
    • MIND, METAPHYSICS AND MEANING STREAM: Science, Naturalism and Philosophy
    • MIND, METAPHYSICS AND MEANING STREAM: Experimental Philosophy
    • CONCLUSION: A Philosophical Education
    • CONCLUSION: Philosophy and Careers
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PHIX344
  • MAQ-PHI370


PHIX383 requires students to reflect on their previous studies in philosophy, and should therefore be taken towards the end of a Philosophy major

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as PHIX344 Philosophy Capstone.

This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge acquired in their study of philosophy, to reflect on the development of their skills, and to focus on how their study of philosophy equips them for the next step in their careers. We review the Philosophy graduate attributes: the knowledge, skills, methods and values developed in the degree of the philosophy degree. With a focus on what these skills and values mean in practice, we examine a range of texts that both illustrate the diversity of philosophical approaches and represent the 'state of the art' in the field. By applying critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative skills to these texts, as well as philosophical values of intellectual humility and openness to the force of the better argument, students will learn what it is like to engage in live philosophical debate. We also look at the values cultivated through the study of philosophy and we consider how the skills and values acquired through the degree can be taken forward into further study, work, and applied in other areas of life.

  • Analysis Task (30%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Participation (15%)
  • Portfolio (15%)

Textbooks are not required.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2018

Bachelor of Arts

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  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology