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Philosophy – School of Philosophy

Philosophy is the inquiry into the fundamental nature of reality, our knowledge thereof, the nature of our moral life, and what it is to be human. The principal divisions of philosophy are metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, political philosophy, logic, the philosophy of language and the philosophy of science. Philosophy is foundational to many other disciplines and is an excellent vehicle for developing critical and creative reading, reasoning and writing skills, as well as for developing a deeper understanding of the nature of existence. The School of Philosophy offers a range of units addressing philosophical concerns from both Western and Asian perspectives. The School particularly encourages the study of the history of philosophy because of the context it provides for understanding individual philosophical texts and ideas.

Many units are offered on two or three-year cycles. If a unit is not offered this year then it may be offered next year or the year after. Check unit details for confirmation, or contact the School.

A major sequence in Philosophy consists of 25% of level 100 units plus 75% of level 200/300 units – a total of 100%. At least 25% of units must be from level 300.

In addition, an honours course HPA400 Philosophy 4 is offered in the fourth year.

Students who commenced the major before 2001

Students who began their degree before 2001 and who wish to complete a major in Philosophy are reminded that a major consists of sequential study in one discipline with a total HECS weighting of 100% as detailed above.

Units Offered in 2003

Unit title campus offered weight prereq coreq m.excl enrol code
January-February (summer school)
Philosophy 1A Hobart: may be taken in summer school OR semester 1 12.5%     HPA100, HPA181 HPS101, HPS181 HPA101
Indo–Tibetan Philosophy, History and Culture Off-shore: summer school 25% 25% level 100 any faculty   HMA228/328 HPA276/376
Chance, Coincidence and Chaos Hobart: summer school Distance education: semester 2 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or, where appropriate, 25% 1st-year Science   HPS256/356 HPA256/356
Level 100
Semester 1
Philosophy 1A Hobart: may be taken in summer school OR semester 1 12.5%     HPA100, HPA181 HPS101, HPS181 HPA101
Introduction to Moral Philosophy Launceston: semester 1 Distance education: semester 1 12.5%     HPA100, HPA101, HPS181, HPS101 HPA181
Semester 2
Philosophy 1B Hobart: semester 2 12.5%     HPA100, HPA182, HPS102, HPS182 HPA102
Introduction to General Philosophy Launceston: semester 2 Distance education: semester 2 12.5%     HPA100, HPA102 HPS182, HPS102 HPA182
Level 200/300
Students must complete 25% of level 100 Philosophy in order to progress to level 200/300 units as part of a major in Philosophy
Semester 1
Buddhism, Ethics and Nonviolence Hobart: semester 1 12.5% 25% level 100 philosophy or, where appropriate, 1st-year course in any discipline   HPA229/329 Buddhism, Satyagraha and Nonviolence HPA297/397
Epistemology Hobart: semester 1 12.5% 25% level 100 philosophy     HPA216/316
Existentialism and Beyond Hobart: semester 1 Distance education: semester 1 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy for major or, where appropriate, 25% 1st-year Arts     HPA225/325
History of Philosophy 1: from Early Greece to the Renaissance Hobart: semester 1 Distance education: semester 1 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts     HPA266/366
Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy Hobart: semester 1 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts   HPA265/365, HMA240/340 HPA219/319
Introduction to Logic Hobart: semester 1 Launceston: semester 1 North-West Centre: semester 1 [by video-link] 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or Science   HPS291/391 HPA291/391
Philosophy of Feminism Hobart: semester 1 Distance education: semester 1 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts   HAF204/304 HPA270/370
Postmodernism and its Critics Hobart: semester 1 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts   HAC211/311, FST290/390 HPA206/306
Reasoning Skills Distance education: semester 1 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 in any discipline   HPS275/375 HPA275/375
Science and Religion Launceston: semester 1 Distance education: semester 1 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts or Science   HPA283/383 HPA274/374
Time Travel Hobart: semester 1 Distance education: semester 1 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or 25% 1st-year Science   HPS204/304 HPA208/308
Topics in the History of Philosophy not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy     HPA214/314
Semester 2
Chance, Coincidence and Chaos Hobart: summer school Distance education: semester 2 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or, where appropriate, 25% 1st-year Science   HPS256/356 HPA256/356
Choice, Risk and Decision Hobart: semester 2 Launceston: semester 2 [by video-link] 12.5% 25% level 100 in philosophy or, where appropriate 25% level 100 in any discipline   HPS294/394 HPA294/394
Environmental Ethics Hobart: semester 2 Distance education: semester 2 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 any faculty (S3T: 25% from Schedule B)     HPA277/377
History of Philosophy 2: Modern Philosophy Hobart: semester 2 Distance education: semester 2 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts     HPA268/368
Law, Society and Morality Distance education: semester 2 [by internet] 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or, where appropriate, 12.5% level 100 Philosophy and 12.5% level 100 Arts   HHP271/371, HSP212/312 HPA242/342
Philosophy and the Body Hobart: semester 2 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts   HAF264/364 HPA271/371
Philosophy of Mind Launceston: semester 2 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts or Science     HPA207/307
Political Philosophy Launceston: semester 2 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy     HPA289/389
Professional Ethics Hobart: semester 2 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or, where appropriate, 1st year of course in any discipline   HSP207/307 HPA212/312
Units not offered in 2003
Chinese Philosophy not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts   HMA251/351 HPA220/320
Contemporary Bioethics not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 philosophy or, where appropriate, completion of 1st-year in any discipline   HPA269/369 HPA200/300
Contemporary Philosophy not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or, where appropriate, 25% level 100 of any discipline     HPA253/353
Logic and Possibility not offered in 2003 12.5% HPA291/391   HPS292/392 HPA292/392
Meaning and Understanding not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts (exemptions with the permission of the HoS)   HHP221/321, HPA231/331 HPA245/345
Moral Philosophy not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy     HPA210/310
Philosophical Psychology not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts or Science     HPA203/303
Philosophy 2003 not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy     HPA398
Philosophy and Literature not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or English Literature     HPA201/301
Philosophy of Art not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or, where appropriate, 25% level 100 Arts     HPA215/315
Philosophy of Biology not offered in 2003         HPA218/318
Philosophy of Mathematics not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy or Mathematics   HPS246/346 HPA246/346
Philosophy of Religion not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts   HPA283/383 HPA293/393
Place and Environment not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 from any faculty   HAC212/312, FST297/397 HPA204/304
Self and Subjectivity not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts     HPA233/333
The Meaning of Life not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Arts     HPA209/309
The Philosophy of Kierkegaard not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy (exemptions with the permission of the HoS)   HHP221/321, HPA231/331 HPA202/302
The Philosophy of Nietzsche not offered in 2003 12.5% 25% level 100 Philosophy (exemptions with the permission of the Head of Philosophy)   HPA231/331 HPA230/330

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