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Introductory Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality HPH105


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
Unit code HPH105
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Associate Professor James Chase
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091701 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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Teaching Pattern

On campus 

Online lecture or equivalent (1 hour)

Weekly seminar (1 hour)

Weekly tutorial (1 hour)

Off campus 

Online lecture or equivalent (1 hour)

Weekly online discussions (equivalent 2 hours)

AssessmentOnline quizzes (15%)|Tutorial participation (15%)|Essay (1500 words) (35%)|Take-home exam (35%)
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