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Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This unit will introduce you...
Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This unit 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 the OU course A211 Philosophy and the human situation.
After studying this unit you should:
- have an awareness of what is involved in the study of philosophy, which enables you to offer arguments for and against the main positions discussed;
- have a rudimentary ability to use philosophical reasoning techniques.
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This unit 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 unit 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.
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Originally published: Monday, 18th August 2014
Last updated on: Monday, 18th August 2014
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