This philosophy course considers the various puzzles concerning the definition, nature and existence of free will, and the two alleged threats to free will: determinism and fate.
Join us for a discussion on determinism as the main threat to freedom. Arguments for and against whether free will exists will be considered.
This course will refer to the films, Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau throughout.
What should you believe in? How do you know? In today’s climate of ‘truthiness*’: fake-news, post-truth, propaganda, denialism, conspiracy theories, and skepticism about expertise – can epistemology provide clarity? Epistemology is the philosophical study of knowledge and is usually discussed in reference to belief, truth, and justification.
*‘Truthiness’ refers to the quality of seeming to be true but not necessarily or actually true according to known facts. It was voted in 2006 as Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year.
Join us as we explore the philosophy behind Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. This philosophy course considers the theoretical presuppositions in the film and the key themes of dreams as alternate states to reality, knowledge (how do you know?), and scepticism (do we know anything?).
Finally, we will consider the film’s final ‘cliff-hanger’ scene in which many of us want to know, did the top stop spinning?
The aim of this course is to use the film Inception to develop your understanding of philosophy, including: epistemology, metaphysics, and axiology (knowledge, reality, and value-theory). The secondary aim is to improve your skill in complex puzzle-solving and to help you give consistent interpretations and arguments for your conclusions about the film’s plot.
This course, Formal Logic and Arguments offers a basic introduction to symbolic logic and deductive arguments, truth-tables and truth-trees. Formal logic is a powerful tool that can be used to evaluate an argument’s validity for proper form. Deductive arguments are found in philosophy, ethics and other disciplines where precision and rigour are required.
Join us to learn how to translate arguments from English into propositional logic, and to determine if arguments are valid or fallacious.
Aims: This course aims to teach the main concepts, techniques and skills in deductive argument evaluation using the proof methods of truth-tables and trees. It teaches the five basic logical connectives, and how to translate an argument from natural language into formal language for testing.