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TITLE Adventures in Philosophy

LEVEL I - Introductory Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION This Unit is intended to introduce students to the fascinating subject of Philosophy by presenting some of its main areas of inquiry, such as aesthetics, ethics, language, logic, metaphysics, society and politics, the internet and sexuality. The lectures will serve as a basic introduction to the major philosophers, traditions and periods in the history of philosophy, as well as to some tools used in philosophical inquiry.

The topics covered in this Unit include:
- Art and its Value
- The Birth of Modernity: The Thinking Subject, Science and Politics
- The Internet in Contemporary Culture
- Looking to the East: Oriental Philosophy
- Thinking Logically
- Philosophy's Engagement with Society
- Where is God? (Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion)
- Language and the world
- Philosophy, Sexuality and the Body.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Appreciate the breadth and depth of philosophical problems and their history;
- Identify and understand basic theories and concepts related to the topics discussed in the Unit;
- Construct and develop sound and coherent arguments.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Engage more meaningfully in philosophical discussions;
- Employ appropriate thinking tools when addressing philosophical questions;
- Apply analytical and critical skills learnt during the Unit.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Dreyfus, H. (2009) On the Internet (2nd edition) London: Routledge.
- Engel, M, S.(Ed) (2000) With Good Reason: an Introduction to Informal Fallacies (6th Edition) Bedford/St. Martin’s.
- Leeks, J. (2009) Sexuality. London: Routledge.
- Shapin, S. (1998) The Scientific Revolution. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
- Sheppard, A.(1987) Aesthetics, In Introduction to the Philosophy of Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S John Avellino
Jean Buttigieg
Mary Ann Cassar
Jean-Paul De Lucca
Joseph Friggieri
Claude Mangion (Co-ord.)
Mark Sultana
Michael Zammit

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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