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PHIL2678: Introduction to Formal Philosophy

2021 unit information

The unit explores how philosophy interacts with and contributes to disciplines like logic, probability theory, statistics, and decision theory. Classic philosophical problems will be explored such as the character of proof and proofs, how we learn from experience, the nature of the mind and its mental events, and what it means for a society to be fair and just. Mathematical tools will be developed that help to articulate and tackle these problems. This unit is designed for philosophy majors interested in learning more about formal methods and for majors in scientific and mathematical fields interested in seeing how the methods of their fields can be applied to philosophical problems.

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Code PHIL2678
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in the Philosophy major
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate understanding of central philosophical problems, core formal methods, and their relationships.
  • LO2. Demonstrate the ability to apply formal philosophical methods to the explanation of wider philosophical questions.
  • LO3. Contribute to current debates concerning the relationship between philosophy and the formal sciences.
  • LO4. Demonstrate an ability to use formal philosophical reasoning and apply critical skills both orally and in writing.
  • LO5. Demonstrate an understanding of the place of formal philosophy in contemporary culture and the historical tradition.

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Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote

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