Philosophy in Context

In this unit the student reads, listens and watches various media that help to contextualise the philosophical background to ideas explored in the two main units. Of particular interest are themes of morality/ethics , aesthetics and critical reasoning..

As part of this unit the student:
– Listens to or watches lecture series on this topic
– Reads given literature
– May include reviews and commentary about what is learnt on the journal pages

It is not intended that the student have a mentor for this unit as it is not currently seen as necessary. The purpose of this part of the student’s study is to support and contextualise other learning.

Readings and Lectures:
¤ Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art lectures, James Grant, Oxford University
– Critical Reasoning for Beginners, Marianne Talbot, Oxford University
– General Philosophy, Peter Millican, Oxford University
¤ Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, Dan Robinson, Oxford University
¤ Metaphor: Philosophical Issues, James Grant, Oxford University
– Philosophy 132, John R. Searle, UC Berkeley
– A Romp Through Ethics For Beginners, Marianne Talbot, Oxford University
¤ Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, Mary Everest Boole, University of South Florida
¤ (single lecture) Plato, Socrates and the Sophists, Herman Sinaiko, University of Chicago

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