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Introduction to Philosophy/ HL049ON (8 Weeks Online)

Course Overview

Certificate of Attendance
Course Code:
HL049ON /Thurs 19.00-21.00

This course aims to enable the learner to appreciate the relevance and impact of philosophy and philosophical thought on related subjects, develop critical thought processes and analysis

NOTE: Learners undertaking online programme must have basic IT skills and have access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme 

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Programme Description
  • Develop an awareness of the pre-Socratic philosophers. Become familiar with the writings of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
  • Controversies in metaphysics.
  • The debate between rationalists, empiricists and idealists concerning the sources and limits of human knowledge.
  • Key political and moral philosophical theories including those of Plato, Locke Hobbes, Kant , Marx and Mill.
  • The existence of God and the problem of evil in the context of the philosophy of religion.
  • Views of existentialist philosophers including Sarte, Kiekegaard and Nietzsche.
  • Elements of informal logic in own and others arguments.
  • Methods of deduction and induction.
  • Present learning, investigation and argument according to academic and philosophical conventions orally and in writing.
This provision is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014 – 2020.