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Learn Philosophy in Sydney in this seven-week short course designed to teach you the fundamental problems of Philosophy with a focus on the topic of the nature of human existence. This philosophy course will help you understand the key features of the mind and its relation to the body, it considers the nature of the mind in its relationship to consciousness, the unconscious and free will. This Philosophy short course will teach you how the characteristics and powers of the mind and body contribute to our general concept of the human being.

This Philosophy short course will also deal with the question of whether human beings are ultimately nothing but bodies, or whether the mind is part of a non–physical aspect of being human, such as the soul. Turning then to an examination of the nature of life itself, especially human life. This leads to an examination of the nature of death and the meaning that death has in philosophical literature. Finally, you will confront the question of whether there is life after death and what this can mean. This includes the question of immortality and rebirth.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this philosophy course, you should be able to:

  • gain insights into the nature of existence and how the mind relates to the body
  • consider the nature of the mind in relation to consciousness and free will
  • understand the characteristics and powers of the mind and body and how they contribute to our general concept of the human being.

What will be covered in this philosophy course?

Week 1

The mystery of the mind in its interactions with the body

Week 2

Mind as consciousness, the unconscious and the free will

Week 3

The powers of the mind and body in the constitution of the nature of human beings

Week 4

Is the mind nothing but part of the body? Is the mind part of a non-physical aspect of humans such as the soul?

Week 5

What is life? The complex dimensions of human life

Week 6

The fact, the meaning and the trauma of death

Week 7

Is there life after death? Is rebirth possible?

Who is this philosophy course for?

This philosophy 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!

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.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Philosophy Course: Mind, Body, Life, & Death

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Philosophy Course: Mind, Body, Life, & Death

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  • said: This course is an exciting and powerful journey through the great, creative thinkers across history who have strived to understand what it is to be human. The tutors knowledge of and passion for this subject is breathtaking. He is a consummate storyteller, a compassionate and inspirational thinker and speaker. I’d urge anyone who’s interested in the look of this course to jump in and do it.

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