Philosophy

Description

Philosophy is the study of the most fundamental aspects of reality and value. Every area of inquiry and endeavour - from art and history through politics and economics to biology and mathematics - generates philosophical issues about our world and our place in it. Philosophers debate the meaning of life and the meaning of adverbs, the analysis of Divine foreknowledge and the analysis of colour, the nature of mathematics and the nature of terrorism. Work in philosophy involves the creative, critical task of constructing, clarifying and comparing ideas.

The program investigates the fundamental assumptions that lie beneath our everyday views to understand how they hang together, to see how they can be improved, or how we might have reason to prefer one over another. Students learn to take conflicting views seriously, to clarify imprecise concepts, and to synthesise new positions. Students learn both traditional and contemporary approaches to individual topics in Philosophy. In tutorials and written work you practise the important skill of advancing informed, persuasive arguments of your own.