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Introduction to Philosophical Questions and Thinking
Wed, 1 Feb 2017, 19:30 – Sat, 18 Feb 2017, 15:00 GMT
This is a six session course held once per fortnight on a Wednesday evening in Moretonhampstead and is suitable for all abilities and levels of experience. It will be aimed at improving understanding of the nature of philosophy, familiarising participants with philosophical arguments on a variety of topics, and exploring and developing participants own critical thinking faculties.
The first session will take place on Wednesday 1st February, and the last on Wednesday 12th April, 7.30-9pm
Course outline- should be taken as a guide only, may be subject to change
Evidence and Argument:
-What makes a good argument?
-The nature and role of evidence in philosophy
-Fallacies of reason
The Philosophy of Science:
-What is Science?
-Copernican shift and the scientific revolution: Man masters the world?
-'Good' science: Karl Popper and the principle of falsification
Philosophy of Mind:
-The hard problem of consciousness
-Neuroscience and its relationship with philosophy
-Artificial Intelligence: What does it mean, and should we be worried?
Epistemology and Metaphysics:
-What is Reality?
-Knowledge, perception and truth
Age of Accountability:
-The idea of Trust
-Work in the Neoliberal Institution
-Democracy and information