Great Philosophers

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Great Philosophers

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 PHIL or HIST pts

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    20
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    This course surveys the history of philosophy through the contribution of influential philosophers from both the ancient and modern period. Philosophers that may be discussed include: Thales, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the history of philosophy and philosophical ideas
    2. critically evaluate a variety of arguments in the history of philosophy established methods of formal or informal logic
    3. analyse or elucidate complex ideas and concepts from the history of philosophy.

    Assessment
    1st essay- 30%
    2nd essay- 30%
    Final Exam- 40%

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