Wisdom Without Answers: Philosophy
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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What is the meaning of life? What’s so bad about death? How do you know the world exists outside your mind? Can you know other people have minds? What are minds and how are they related to brains? How do our words get their meanings? Are you free to take this class, or was your choice determined even before your birth? Why is helping an old woman across the road morally right, but knocking her out and taking her money morally wrong? Are humans more valuable than chimpanzees, cats and cabbages? Does morality depend on god, or is rape immoral even if there is no god? Are there any good arguments for or against the existence of god? Is there any good reason to believe in god? What rights do individuals have? What makes a society just? Socrates claimed that only the examined life was worth leading. On this module, we will embark on a philosophical journey which will enable us to begin examining our lives and questioning our assumptions.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in philosophy and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Inside Narratives pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Learning Central.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete three pieces of assessed work: a 250-word argument reconstruction, a 500-word reconstruction and critique, and a 750-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for all three assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on all pieces of work.
- Thomas Nagel, What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1987)
- Descartes, René, Meditations on First Philosophy. In Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings, translated by John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, and Dugald Murdoch, 73–122. (Cambridge University Press 1988)
- Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett, (eds,), The Mind’s I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul (Basic Books, 1981)
- Louis P. Pojman, (ed.), The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature. 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2004)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.