Philosophy is about learning to think rigorously for yourself so you can defend your positions with considered reasons and cogent arguments. The study of philosophy improves an individual's ability to speak and write clearly, logically and convincingly. These broad skills, along with capacity for independent thought, are highly transferable, powerful aids to success in any profession.
In philosophy we ask deep questions, and don’t mind if they lead to difficult, even counter-intuitive, answers. We encourage critical reflection and debate.
We are highly regarded for our research and teaching as well as our breadth and diversity. Philosophy at the University of Sydney is home to leading thinkers in a wide range of areas of philosophy, and we offer a rich and varied array of units taught by dedicated and enthusiastic scholars whose outstanding research informs their teaching at every level.
Philosophy formulates and explores questions of fundamental importance to us as human beings. For example: What is consciousness? Are we free agents? What makes an action right? What makes an action wrong? What is truth, and how can we come by it? How should we form beliefs about the world? Is it possible for machines to think? Studying philosophy will equip you with a disciplined capacity for critical analysis and dramatically enhance your communication skills.
Philosophy offers critical thinking workshops for International Baccalaureate (IB) students.
In the interests of public health and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff during the current COVID-19 health alert, we have decided to postpone the March 20 and 27 Critical Thinking workshops
We apologise for any inconvenience.
If you would like more information or to enquire regarding future workshops, please feel free to contact us.
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Anderson Fellowships are bestowed through a bequest of the estate of John Anderson (1893-1962), influential Australian philosopher and Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney from 1927 to 1958.
The Anderson bequest funds travel to the University of Sydney for up to two fellows each year with the aim of promoting collaboration between members of the philosophy department and leading researchers around the world.
In order to apply, applicants must first have an academic sponsor from the Discipline of Philosophy with whom they will work when at the University.
Applications should highlight the ways in which the applicant will contribute to the research and teaching of the department and to collaborations with departmental members.
Applicants can apply for one of two fellowships.
Anderson Fellows will be provided with office space, library borrowing rights and other resources.
Anderson Fellows are expected to be present at the University of Sydney for the duration of their Fellowship and to make a substantial contribution to the academic life of the Discipline of Philosophy through collaborative research and contributions to the teaching program.
For further information, please contact our Research Support Officer.
Our seminars are held every Wednesday at 3.30 till 5.00 in Seminar Room N494, Quadrangle A14. There is also a zoom link for those who cannot attend in person, which is mailed out to our mailing list each week via Sydphil.
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Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 October
Marking the conclusion of Professor Paul Griffith's ARC Laureate Fellowship, Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st Century, this conference showcases research on the impact of advances in biology and biomedicine on our understanding of the phenomena of health and disease and of the aims of medicine.
This conference brings together leading philosophers from across the globe and researchers from the Charles Perkins Centre to discuss different perspectives on the philosophy of medicine and take us through a thought provoking journey.