Philosophy – 'What Does it all Mean'

Catherine McDonald

Trimester I - Tuesdays, 6:30pm, 4-8 weeks(Starts first week of June)
Trimester II -
Tuesdays, 6:30pm, 4-8 weeks (Starts fourth week of September)

Ever wondered what does it all mean? Why does modern life feel so empty? Why don't our politicians seem to know what they are doing? How do I decide who to believe? How should I act? Philosophy won't necessarily provide you with answers to these questions but it will help you frame the questions coherently and understand what a good answer should look like. Philosophy is in the business of making sense of the world through clear reasoning and an in depth examination of problems that are universal to human existence.

This course will provide you with an introduction to some of the central problems in modern Analytic Philosophy. Students will learn the place of philosophical tools in the modern economy, how they can be used in the workplace, and receive advice on career paths and further studies.

Themes: Critical reasoning and logic – How to clarify problems and understand the relationship between arguments and evidence. Common fallacies of reason – The concept of truth; is there any such thing? Issues in personal identity – Deciding who and what we are; Materialism, Dualism and others – A discussion of freewill and how this relates to identity, action, modern science and the law; Theories of the 'good' – What makes a life a good life? Making moral judgements – Diverse theories and their consequences; Philosophy and social organisation – Justice and community; Dealing with disagreement.

Catherine McDonald is a philosopher who has lectured at La Trobe, Monash and Deakin universities.

ACCEPTANCE: You will be notified by e-mail of your enrolment details, including course start date and venue address. Please check your e-mail in case of any unexpected change to these details.

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