PHIL4105 Topics in the History of Philosophy
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours option in Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
- There are diverse seminal figures and movements in the history of philosophy. Many of these figures and movements continue to exert great influence on modern metaphysics, ethics, religion and aesthetics. This unit explores the thought of one or more of these influential philosophers and movements. Those discussed may include, but are not limited to, the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Medieval Philosophy, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Rationalism, Empiricism and Phenomenology. While the focus of the unit is on historical figures and movements in philosophy, it may use historical material to shed light upon current philosophical debates in such areas as metaphysics, religion, epistemology, and ethics. It focuses both on primary texts and secondary readings.
- Students are able to (1) strengthen generic intellectual skills such as analysing and critically assessing arguments, constructing and expressing their own arguments, and constructing and expressing explanations of phenomena; (2) develop a critical understanding of the core philosophical issues raised by one or moral historical figures of movement in philosophy; (3) develop public speaking and professional presentation skills; (4) develop critical writing skills; and (5) develop core research skills in preparation for research-oriented postgraduate work and/or research-oriented work outside of the University.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay; (2) test; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the participation component.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Clas Weber
- Unit rules
- sufficient units in the relevant major at the specified standard for entry to the honours specialisation
- Contact hours
- Seminar - 2 hrs per week
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.