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Philosophy is a theoretical and applied discipline that involves serious and deep thinking about the nature of reality, being human, the possibility of knowledge, the meaning of ethics and justice, and much more. Studying philosophy helps develop clear and critical thinking skills – attributes that are invaluable in all careers and walks of life.
Why study philosophy at ACU?
Our philosophy staff are committed to core philosophical values such as clarity of thought, rigour of argument, and the pursuit of truth and wisdom.
A distinctive feature of philosophy at ACU is its enrichment by the Catholic intellectual tradition. This tradition informs our teaching and research in general, and is reflected in our specialisations of ethics, the philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy.
Philosophy explores basic questions concerning reality and value in the broadest senses. It involves thinking carefully and analytically, in conversation with others, about the really big questions.
Core philosophical questions arise on almost any subject - from the natural sciences and mathematics, to human nature, politics, ethics, history, art, religions and much else. They tend to be keenly focused on issues concerning the nature of reality as a whole, and human knowledge and obligation.
What distinguishes philosophy from other disciplines is:
- the kinds of questions asked
- the way we attempt to respond to these questions.
Philosophical thinking goes beyond the way we generally view the world. Doing so opens up both valuable insights and generates further intriguing problems.
At ACU we offer philosophy units cover a range of philosophy sub-disciplines:
- Ethics (theoretical and applied)
- Philosophical anthropology
- Philosophy of religion
- History of philosophy
- Epistemology and Hermeneutics
The study of philosophy will provide you with perspectives, skills and attributes that can be used throughout your life and career. Philosophers develop skills in, intellectual patience, creativity, discipline, analysis and critical thinking.
Such skills are highly valued by employers in a variety of settings. Philosophy graduates can be found in a variety of settings including:
- health care
- international affairs