3P01 Introduction to Philosophy

Tutor/Facilitator Douglas Adeney

Date: on/from Wed 1 Feb 2023 to Wed 29 Mar 2023
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 10:30-12:00

Delivered F2F

Betty Day Comm Centre, Room 2

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What is philosophy? What good is it? When in life should it be studied?
After considering these questions we will explore a few philosophical problems:

The freedom of the will. Do we really have this in any meaningful way, or
are all our choices fully determined by hereditary and environmental causes?

The nature of morality. Can moral statements have ‘objective’ truth,
allowing us to have knowledge of right and wrong, or do they just signify a
group or individual’s customs or preferences?•

 Education and indoctrination. How exactly do they differ? Should we, and
can we, avoid the latter completely?

TUTOR: Douglas has philosophy degrees from Monash University (MA) and
the University of St Andrews, Scotland (PhD).

He taught philosophy at Melbourne State College and then for many years at the University of
Melbourne. He has been joyfully involved at U3APP since 2018.



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