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PHIL 151/3.0 Great works of Philosophy

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    PHIL (core)
Course Instructors: Dr Kathrine Cuccuru - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Winter term at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   EXCLUSION: No more than one course from PHIL 111/6.0; PHIL 151/3.0

By looking at a diverse range of great works across history, we shall learn about philosophy's changing aims and practices. Throughout the course, we are going to be guided by the question, "What are we doing, when we study Philosophy?"


Course Highlights:

Engage with philosophical tools to understand, judge and critically analyze the world around you.

Work together in groups to share ideas and critique each other in a supportive learning environment.

Take part in project-based learning, with opportunities to develop your project as the course progresses. Pick a great philosopher to study and critically evaluate their work to discuss whether their arguments, and thinking still has implications for us today.

Be part of a learning community. Become supportive of each other, develop skills together and promote each other's learning.

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PHIL 151/3.0 Great Works of Philosophy

An examination of some major milestones in the development of philosophical thought. The course will involve both the exposition of texts and discussion of the philosophical issues which they raise.

This course will provide an introduction to important topics within philosophy through some of philosophy’s “Great Works”, including Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Descartes’s Meditations, and Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.Considering the work of thinkers such as Aristotle, Aquinas, Mill, Nietzsche and Popper we will look at questions such as: Is knowledge possible? Should we use happiness as the criterion for our moral decisions? How persuasive are the famous proofs for God’s existence? How does the scientific community evaluate theories? Throughout the course we will attempt to gain a comprehensive and critical appreciation of the texts and the questions they raise. We will be interested in understanding the positions provided and evaluating the arguments given in support of them.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course learners will be able to:

  • Examine arguments for and against consequentialist and deontological theories of morality.
  • Detail Descartes’s sceptical arguments in the Meditations.
  • Evaluate Aquinas’s five arguments for the existence of God.
  • Explain Popper’s theory of falsificationism.
  • Discuss Nietzsche’s criticisms of philosophy in Twilight of the Idols.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Previous examples of Experiential Learning Opportunities for this course include a visit to a governmental committee where students learned about the importance of dialectic in society, and whether the dialectical method is alive and well in our democratic seats of power. This trip provided us with an opportunity to discuss the importance of argumentation and how we might go about evaluating the success of political discussions.

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