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PHIL3683: Core Issues In Theoretical Philosophy

2024 unit information

This unit tackles some of the core methods and assumptions in theoretical philosophy via three closely connected modules. The first examines the idea that philosophy involves the analysis of concepts and generates a priori knowledge. The second examines how philosophy relates to empirical knowledge - both scientific knowledge in general, and empirical discoveries made by philosophers. The third module examines philosophical naturalism or related ideas: the question of whether the physical world is all that exists, and the extent to which philosophy is ultimately about the scientific image of the world.

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Code PHIL3683
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Philosophy

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

  • LO1. Gain a broad and detailed knowledge of the main methodologies employed in theoretical philosophy
  • LO2. Acquire a historical perspective on how theoretical philosophy has developed in the modern and post-modern eras
  • LO3. Develop skills in argument analysis and conceptual analysis
  • LO4. Gain a detailed knowledge of intersection points between theoretical philosophy and practical philosophy

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Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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