Why think, and what difference does it make to the shaping of living? Is there a common good, and if so what can we know about it? Are we free, determined, or something more complex? On what lines should society be politically organised? What is the logic of a good argument? Is it reasonable believe in the existence of God? What justification do claims to ‘religious experience’ have as public arguments for the existence of God? What can be reasonably claimed about the miraculous? In addressing some of the most significant issues in the history of Western philosophy, students will be introduced to many of the most significant writings and thinkers within the study of the philosophical traditions.

Unit code: AP8009A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Understand and critically assess some the most significant questions raised by philosophical traditions


Analyse the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit


Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments of the thinkers and texts presented in the unit


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationships between thinking and the shaping of lives


Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.


Mixed mode (lecture, seminar, discussion fora, blended learning, flipped classroom)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 2000 30.0
Essay 5000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Mar, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-04-01 15:48:27 +1100