PHIL497-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Meaning, Mind, and the Nature of Philosophy

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023

Description

Do we think in words? If I say, 'I'm in pain', do you really know what I mean? How can we talk about what doesn't exist - tomorrow, Harry Potter, or the possible world where you win $1 million on Lotto? Can machines have concepts? Could you have been born in a different hemisphere, with different parents and the opposite sex? Why does every attempt to solve a philosophical problem simply raise more problems, sometimes even worse ones? We look at central philosophical problems through the eyes of some of the greatest and most challenging philosophers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of PHIL497 is that you will:

1. Understand and analyze central problems in recent and contemporary philosophy, to an advanced standard
2. Think rigorously and independently, question assumptions, and search for different approaches to complex philosophical problems
3. Communicate effectively and unambiguously, to an advanced standard.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Prerequisites

Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Restrictions

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 A4 Lecture Theatre 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 17 Sep
25 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 1 Oct
9 Oct - 22 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 244 24 Jul - 30 Jul
7 Aug - 13 Aug
21 Aug - 27 Aug
18 Sep - 24 Sep
2 Oct - 8 Oct
16 Oct - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Diane Proudfoot

Contact Diane for further information.

Assessment

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

The textbook for Part One of this course is A. Kenny (ed.) The Wittgenstein Reader, 2nd edition (Blackwell, 2006); copies are available in UBS and on 3-hour loan in the High Demand Collection. Core readings for Part Two will be available online, in Learn or through the Library.

(Image: "Ludwig Wittgenstein 2" by Christiaan Tonnis, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic.)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

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