What is the course about?
This course introduces and explores a range of core philosophical problems. It concentrates on problems rather than on philosophers, but students will also be introduced to some of the central figures in the history of philosophy.
What will we cover?
A range of topics will be covered, including the nature of knowledge, the mind-body problem, the meaning of words, free will and justice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- explain a range of core philosophical problems
- explain some basic solutions to these problems.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous study of philosophy is required. An enthusiasm for learning as well as on open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and benefit from this course. On joining this course you should be able to read and comment upon extracts from a philosophical text.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on Thomas Nagel's What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy (Oxford University Press). Each class will focus on one chapter, and will consist of short lecture-style presentations, pair, group and class discussion. There will also be opportunity to participate in online forums to explore topics further.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Thomas Nagel's What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy (Oxford University Press).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can enrol on the second part of our introductory courses in philosophy, which takes place in January: HP002: The great philosophers. Other evening philosophy courses starting in January 2020 include HP030 Modern political philosophy: ideas and ideologies in the 21st century.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details