Through an examination of historical and contemporary philosophical texts, from Western and Eastern traditions, this unit explores the nature of persons and the nature of the world as we experience it. These themes will be pursued by asking questions such as:
• Is a mind more than just a brain?
• Do we have free will?
• Is there an enduring self?
• Could the world be an illusion?
• Does science give us knowledge?
• What is time? Is time travel possible?
• What reason have we for thinking there is or is not a God?.
This unit provides an introduction to the world's oldest academic discipline and will help students to develop the rigorous thinking that is the hallmark of philosophy – a skill that is transferable to almost any walk of life. This unit complements HPH104 Introductory Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy, but can be taken independently of that unit.
|Unit name||Introductory Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||Philosophy and Gender Studies|
|Coordinator||Doctor James Chase|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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|Launceston||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Gain specialist and general understanding of key problems in metaphysics and epistemology.
- Engage with personal, cultural¿ and social issues in relation to philosophy from a range of philosophical traditions.
- Apply disciplinary skills of argument analysis, textual analysis and clear communication to a philosophical audience in appropriate academic style.
- Demonstrate a constructively critical attitude to belief formation, including giving and assessing reasons, seeking new evidence and forming beliefs on the best evidence available.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:HPH102
Weekly lectures (2 hours) and tutorial (1 hour).
Weekly lectures (2 hours) and discussion board participation online.
|Assessment||Test or quiz (15%)|Examination - take home (35%)|Attendance (15%)|Essay (35%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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