The philosophy programme this year continues with our popular introductory course which gives an overview of the subject; we also offer a course that considers the nature of human existence, and a pair of courses that examine the issues surrounding moral philosophy.
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Philosophy teaches us how to question the familiar, challenge the conventional, and better understand the world around us. Taking a historical approach, this course will introduce you to some of the main philosophers and schools of philosophy that have shaped Western thought. No previous knowledge of philosophy will be assumed.
What makes an action right? How should one live? What kind of person should one be? How are individual morality and social justice connected? This introductory course is for anyone who is intrigued by ethics and interested in moral issues. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required.
This course explores key existentialist concepts, such as freedom, responsibility, angst, marginalisation, the Absurd and the life of encounter. It will cover the philosophers Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir and Martin Buber. Come along and discuss what it is like to be human! No previous knowledge of philosophy will be assumed.
Can consequentialism survive its critics? Can Kantians successfully defend ethical rationalism? Or must morality be grounded in human sentiment? This course explores in greater depth themes introduced in Introducing Moral Philosophy, enabling students to consolidate, extend and deepen their understanding. The course focuses primarily on ethical theory in the western analytic tradition but may include complementary topics from moral psychology, metaethics and applied ethics. Students ideally should have taken Introducing Moral Philosophy or equivalent but no other knowledge of philosophy is assumed.