Introduction to Philosophy

This module introduces you to some of the central problems of philosophy and the theories produced in response to them. You will also be introduced to some of the subject's technical concepts and vocabulary, and some of its techniques of reasoning and analysis. Reading includes both classical and contemporary material.

Philosophy has a significant role to play, both in acquainting you with some of the ideas which have helped shape Western culture, and in the critical understanding of ideas and methods in many other disciplines. The level of the module does not presuppose previous knowledge of philosophy. If you have studied philosophy before, the module will enable you to deepen and broaden your understanding of the subject and to improve your philosophical skills. The module aims not only to inform you of what philosophers have said but also to encourage you to engage with the issues. Topics will be drawn from the range of philosophical problems, approaches, and canonical figures.