What is philosophy?
The word “philo-sophy” literally means “the love of wisdom”, ie the search for wisdom about things we generally take for granted. Philosophy can lead you into serious thinking about just about anything at all.
Philosophy’s foundations lie with the beginning of Western civilisation and some of the modern world’s most influential thinkers. It is theoretical, ancient, yet practical.
- Prepares you to succeed across a variety of careers.
- Enhances your understanding of the modern world and provides opportunities to engage with new ideas.
- Is relevant to all other areas of study across the University.
- Enables you to develop both knowledge and a highly transferrable skill-set that includes an ability to critically analyse, understand and engage with complex ideas and issues.
Develop skills for the future workforce.
You will develop the ability to:
- critically examine complex issues
- contextualise different historical and contemporary perspectives
- engage with and articulate arguments from a range of viewpoints
Explore topics such as:
- The nature of reality (metaphysics)
- What it is to be a human being (philosophical anthropology)
- Knowledge and truth (epistemology)
- Moral right and wrong (ethics)
- Justice (social and political philosophy; philosophy of law)
- God (philosophy of religion and philosophical theology)
- Language (philosophy of language)
- Valid reasoning (logic)
|1. Great people||Study with world-leading philosophy teachers and researchers who are internationally recognised for their work.|
|2. Flexible study||Our units of study are offered in a variety of modes to complement modern lifestyles – from face-to-face, to weekly live webinars, to fully online.|
|3. Personal attention||You’ll work closely with your lecturers, and get all the attention you need to excel.|
|4. Above world standard research||Our research performance in philosophy (field of research 2203) was rated ‘above world standard’ in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings.|
|5. International opportunities||Students have the option to study abroad in multiple locations, and to interact with international students on their home campus.|
Studying philosophy is an opportunity to challenge your thinking and to critically examine the “big questions”. While the range of philosophical topics are almost endless, examples include:
|What is a human being?|
|What is truth? How is knowledge possible?|
|How should we act?|
|What is the point of it all?|
|Can it be shown (rationally? scientifically?) that God exists?|
There are also philosophical questions concerning language, art and music, race, sex, the nature of time and reality, law, psychology, history, and every area of science!
As well as being very useful for your theological studies, a major or minor in philosophy is a great foundation for more specifically career-related courses, and has great career spin-offs. Employers across many professions report that they highly value the kinds of adaptable skills and attributes possessed by philosophy graduates.
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