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Learn to answer fundamental questions about life with our Philosophy courses in Sydney.

Over this five week Philosophy course you will be given an overview of the key insights made by the some the most influential modern Philosophers. This course will help you to discover the thinkers that have had a major impact, not only on the field of Philosophy but also on all of the social sciences, and the intellectual development of western society generally.

This Philosophy course will introduce you to the concepts of liberty, utilitarianism, free will, power and society, existentialism as well as rationality in human nature. We will help you to understand how some of the most prominent modern thinkers since the Renaissance thought about the world, human behaviour and life itself.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Gain insights into the the theories and writings of some of the most prominent modern Philosophers
  • Think critically about the concepts of rationality, free will, existentialism and power and how these beliefs have informed our thinking
  • Understand the impact modern Philosophers have had on the development of Western society

Ideal for

This course is for anyone interested in using critical thinking and logical analysis to understand the guiding principle for human behaviour. If you are open to concepts about the mind and the nature of consciousness and want to use the tools of logic and reason to help you understand our place within the world then this course is for you!

Course content

Week 1

Georg Hegel - Metaphysics of the other: Hegel believed "the rational alone is real", which means that all reality is capable of being expressed in rational categories. His goal was to reduce reality to a more synthetic unity within the system of absolute idealism.

John Stuart Mill - Liberty and utilitarianism: Mill believed that the goal is to justify the utilitarian principle as the foundation of morals. This principle says actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote overall human happiness. The action which achieves the greatest amount of good for the most amount of people is the right action.

Week 2

Karl Marx - On alienation: Marx believed that no economic class be that wage workers, land owners, etc. should have power over another. Marx believed that everyone should contribute what they can, and everyone should get what they need. His most famous book was the Communist Manifesto.

Arthur Schopenhauer - The world as will and idea: Schopenhauer believed that will is the 'inner essence' of the entire world, and he claimed that humans have absolutely no free will. They are completely determined by the way that their bodies react to stimuli and causes, and their characters react to motives.

Week 3

Freidrich Nietsche - The will to power: Nietzsche's philosophy contemplates the meaning of values and their significance to human existence. Given that no absolute values exist, in Nietzsche's worldview, the evolution of values on earth must be measured by some other means.

Martin Heidegger - Human 'being-in-the-world': Heidegger's groundbreaking work in ontology (the philosophical study of being, or existence) and metaphysics determined the course of 20th-century philosophy on the European continent and exerted an enormous influence on virtually every other humanistic discipline, including literary criticism, hermeneutics, psychology, and theology.

Week 4

Jean-Paul Sartre - Free will and existentialism: Sartre's theory of existentialism states that “existence precedes essence”, that is only by existing and acting a certain way do we give meaning to our lives. According to him, there is no fixed design for how a human being should be and no God to give us a purpose.

Week 5

Jurgen Habermas - Rationality and human nature: Habermas' theories are devoted to revealing the possibility of reason, emancipation, and rational-critical communication possible in modern institutions and in the human capacity to deliberate and pursue rational interests.

About your tutor

Dr Andrew Theophanous has a B Litt in Philosophy from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy from Melbourne University. Andrew has lectured at universities in the United States and Melbourne. He is the author of three books including Understanding Social Justice: An Australian Perspective. He has published more than 20 articles in Philosophy and Social and Political Theory. Andrew delivers his courses as lectures and encourages students to participate in group discussion and debate. Andrew is a passionate teacher of Philosophy and believes the wisdom in Philosophical thought should be accessible to everyone.

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