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PHIL 103

Philosophy and Critical Thinking

Course overview

You’ll be on the path to more knowledge by understanding what the fundamental nature of knowledge is, looking at critical thinking and argument, scepticism and the nature of the mind.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum average grade of C- across the course(s) specified below
  • restriction Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL-101
  • restriction Logic and Critical Reasoning, PHIL-102
Available semesters Semester 2 2021
Credits 15
Domestic fees $741.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Describe Socrates’ contributions to philosophy, including his role in the critique and conscience of self and society.
  2. Evaluate the sceptical challenge posed by Rene Descartes to a dogmatic view of human knowledge.
  3. Explain the basics of epistemology, and how ideas on the relationship between a perceiving subject and the world can affect the possibility of certain knowledge.
  4. Recognise the problem of mind body interaction, and how different theories of the mind seek to avoid this problem; evaluate whether or not they do in fact avoid the problem.
  5. Describe how universal causation threatens the prospects for genuinely free will, and the range of responses that have been made to this problem.
  6. Identify, construct, analyse and criticise arguments.
  7. Produce clear and reasoned writing on a philosophical topic.

Course examiners

Grant Tavinor

Dr Grant Tavinor

Senior Lecturer

Department of Tourism, Sport and Society

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