Ethics and the Self

Course code PHIL3060Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines a range of topics in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and philosophical anthropology in a number of different philosophical traditions. Examples of topics which may be covered in the course include theories of reality and knowledge ancient and modern scepticism; ethical theories; theories of the person.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Objectives(1)Impart to students familiarity with, and knowledge of, the main issues addressed and approaches taken by Western philosophers in different philosophical traditions.

(2)Impart to students critical skills to deal with these issues in their historical forms and to prepare them to employ these approaches in their assessment of the current philosophical discussion of these matters.

(3)Develop high level written and oral skills in understanding and presenting philosophical issues in their historical contexts.

(4)Develop an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which historical context can help generate but not exhaust the ways in which an issue can appear and reappear in the history of philosophy, and of a society.
ContentThis course presents philosophical issues in ancient medieval and modern philosophy, in particular those surrounding the nature of reality, the nature and sources of knowledge, theories of ethics, and the nature of the human person. There will be some variation in emphases from year to year as appropriate to student needs. The main assigned readings will be translations or editions of primary materials supplemented by secondary interpretation. The lectures and discussions in class will focus on interpreting the texts, examining the philosophic issues, discussing how the historical context helps shape the issues, and indicating the contemporary relevance of the matters discussed.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least 10 credit points of PHIL subjects at 1000 level or 40 credit points of any subjects at any level.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo 2,000 word essays worth 50% each
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL3060