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PHIL3686: Core Issues in Practical Philosophy

2024 unit information

This unit addresses key questions in practical philosophy via three connected modules. In the first we consider the nature of values, whether and how we can acquire moral and aesthetic knowledge, and how this knowledge relates to human flourishing. In the second module we ask what makes an issue political, and consider the relationship between the political and the ethical. In the third we engage with normative issues that arise when studying the history of philosophy, such as how we can assess historical worldviews that differ greatly from our own, and how we should determine which historical figures are centrally important to the discipline.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Arts and Social Sciences

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Philosophy
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of the debate between moralists and realists in contemporary political philosophy.
  • LO2. Demonstrate an understanding of the debate over the nature and aims of conceptual engineering in contemporary philosophy.
  • LO3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between philosophy and practice in ancient philosophy.

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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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