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Introducing philosophy

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Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course, Introducing philosophy, will introduce you to the teaching methods employed and the types of activities and assignments you would be asked to undertake should you wish to study philosophy and the human situation.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand what is involved in the study of philosophy
  • offer arguments for and against the main positions discussed in the study of philosophy
  • use philosophical reasoning techniques in a rudimentary way.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 8 hours
  • Updated Thursday 4th February 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Philosophy
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Introducing philosophy

Introduction

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This course gives you an idea of what it is like to study philosophy, introducing you to the teaching methods employed by the Open University in teaching philosophy. If you are considering studying philosophy, we recommend you start here. Although the course is mainly for people who are new to philosophy, you may find it helpful even if you already have some experience of the subject.

The following material was written by Maria Kasmirli as a short introduction to philosophy for students planning to enrol on the Open University course Philosophy and the human situation (A211). It contains quotations from the first A211 course book, written by Dr Nigel Warburton.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 2 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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