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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

Philosophy is generally taken to be the study of the fundamental nature of the world, thought, and action. However, throughout its history, philosophy has understood its own aims and methods in different ways. This course aims to explore many, though far from all, of the changing and varied views on what constitutes philosophy and its relevant practices over time.

This will be achieved by closely reading quite short, yet significant, extracts from various ‘great works’ of philosophy, approaching each text with the questions: what counts as philosophy, what is the aim and method of philosophy? In particular, reflecting on what constitutes the philosophical practices, that is, the doings of philosophy itself, or the application of a philosophical theory. It is an opportunity to have an introductory taste of a broad variety of philosophical approaches, styles, and traditions, and to gain the appropriate initial resources and skills to further explore areas of interest beyond the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Closely read philosophical texts, in order to identify, discuss, and assess the philosophical arguments therein.
  • Discuss and evaluate philosophical ideas, practices and arguments
  • Identify and explain some of the various philosophical aims and practices found throughout the history of philosophy, and their relationship to one another.
  • Clearly communicate complex knowledge in various settings, applying both recognised formal academic approaches, along with creative and reflective ones.
  • Develop the basic skills of academic philosophy writing.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Previous examples of Experiential Learning Opportunities for this course include a visit to the National Gallery of Scotland to observe the connection between philosophical romanticism and romantic artworks, along with students creating and their own philosophical artworks; and a visit to Bodhisattva Buddhist Centre. Both provided students to analyse and reflect on what constitutes philosophy and/or a philosophical practice.

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