Philosophy is a subject that deals with the most profound questions of existence, the very nature of the world around us, and the reasons for our being here. This course will provide you with an introduction to this exciting area of study and will attempt to get you to think like a philosopher as we discuss such essential matters as morality, knowledge and truth, and existence. But, be warned, philosophy can create more questions than it actually answers!
Philosophy is one of the oldest disciplines, a subject developed in ancient Greece and which has evolved over time, concerning a diverse range of topics from religion to science, politics to morality. A study of Philosophy is not just the study of an academic subject, it is the study of thought itself, giving you the skills to think critically about everything around you. What is the difference between “wrong” and “right”? Does the material world around us exist? What is “existence” anyway? The skills acquired in learning to tackle such questions can be transferred to almost any other discipline, meaning that Philosophy can act as an excellent stepping stone into other areas.
The ORA Introduction to Philosophy is designed to offer an overview of what studying Philosophy at university is like, looking at the major areas that you would cover in a university course. This will benefit students who are keen to have a taster of the subject to help make a balanced and informed decision about whether or not they want to study Philosophy, and also students seeking to bolster their application by gaining a pool of knowledge to use in interviews and personal statements.
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Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying philosophy, classics, history, or related subjects at university.
Aims and Objectives
- To gain an insight into what it means to study Philosophy
- To look at the key methodologies of studying Philosophy
- To gain an understanding of key Philosophers and their concepts
Key Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Understand more clearly what Philosophy is, and what it is not
- Gain an understanding of the key questions Philosophy seeks to answer
- Talk confidently about fundamental philosophical concepts