The term “philosophy” literally means “love of wisdom.” In a broad sense, philosophy is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand fundamental truths about themselves, the world in which they live, and their relationships to the world and to each other. As an academic discipline, philosophy is primarily engaged in the study of:

  • Metaphysics – the study of the nature of reality, of what exists in the world, what it is like, and how it is ordered.
  • Epistemology – the study of knowledge, of what we can know about the world and how we can know it.
  • Ethics – the study of what we ought to do and what it would be best to do.
  • Logic – the study of the nature and structure of arguments and the reasons people give in response to metaphysical, epistemological and ethical questions.

Assessment activities:

  • Short Answer Responses
  • Essays
  • Presentations (Oral, Multimedia)
  • Dialogues (Oral, Written)

Selection advice:

Students suited to this subject would enjoy:

  • Active discussion and debate
  • Asking questions
  • Listening and reading
  • Precise use of language

To be successful in this subject, students will need to demonstrate high level:

  • Literacy skills (reading comprehension and writing)
  • Critical reasoning skills (constructing concise arguments)
  • Analytical thinking skills (analysing and evaluating arguments)
  • Applied reasoning skills (applying theoretical ideas to real world issues and debates)

Links to further pathways:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies in Philosophy.

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