Philosophy is a subject that deals with the most profound questions of existence, the very nature of the world around us, and the reasons for our being here. This course will provide you with an introduction to this exciting area of study and will attempt to get you to think like a philosopher as we discuss such essential matters as morality, knowledge and truth, and existence. But, be warned, philosophy can create more questions than it actually answers!
Philosophy is one of the oldest disciplines, a subject developed in ancient Greece and which has evolved over time, concerning a diverse range of topics from religion to science, politics to morality. A study of Philosophy is not just the study of an academic subject, it is the study of thought itself, giving you the skills to think critically about everything around you. What is the difference between “wrong” and “right”? Does the material world around us exist? What is “existence” anyway? The skills acquired in learning to tackle such questions can be transferred to almost any other discipline, meaning that Philosophy can act as an excellent stepping stone into other areas.
The ORA Introduction to Philosophy is designed to offer an overview of what studying Philosophy at university is like, looking at the major areas that you would cover in a university course. This will benefit students who are keen to have a taster of the subject to help make a balanced and informed decision about whether or not they want to study Philosophy, and also students seeking to bolster their application by gaining a pool of knowledge to use in interviews and personal statements.
This courses consists of 4 X tutorials - audio lectures with accompanying presentation material - each taking approximately 40 minutes to complete. Regular quizzes and exams enable students to check their progress and that they are understanding the topics covered. This courses is available to start instantly online through Udemy – once you’ve chosen the course you want to take, you can get started straight away.
How Does it Work?
The course is broken down into tutorials. Each tutorial is broken down into its major topics, chapters, which are short videos of around 5-10 minutes in length. This ensures that course content is broken down into bitesized educational units that are easy to digest, and also means that content is easily navigable at the pace of the student.
Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying philosophy, classics, history, or related subjects at university.
This first chapter looks at defining the subject and establishing parameters for the course ahead.
What do we mean when we say that we 'know' something? This lecture delves into questions surrounding what we can really say we know - if anything!
This lecture looks at more complex theories surrounding knowledge, exploring the views of philosophers such as Plato - who argued that knowledge equated to 'justified true belief'.
This final lecture in the tutorial explores Descartes and his theories of scepticism.
This first chapter re-examines the sceptic's argument and asks how we might respond to it.
In this chapter we consider further responses to sceptic's argument, as well as taking a look at the 'demon' and 'matrix' scenarios.
Having discussed the sceptic's argument at some length, we now look at Descartes and his famous 'cogito' - I think therefore I am.
In the final chapter of this tutorial we explore Descartes theories of Metaphysics and Dualism - the idea that mind and body are separate entities - more closely.
This tutorial develops the preceding tutorials’ discussions and puts them to practical use, asking questions about morality and how we should live.
Chapter 2 explores the story of Gyges, showing how many of our decisions come down to self interest.
Chapter 3 looks at the views of some of the most celebrated philosophers in relation to questions of morality, including those of Jean-Paul Sartre.
The final chapter of this tutorial continues our exploration of philosophers’ views, focusing on Mill and the theory of utilitarianism.
The first chapter of this final tutorial examines notions of ‘substance’ and ‘accidence’, and how these relate to the religious belief.
Here we explore the notion of deductive validity, looking at what makes an argument ‘deductively valid
In this chapter we return to Descartes and re-examine his arguments applying additional knowledge covered in the rest of the course.
To conclude this course, we compare Philosophy to two other disciplines - Religion and Science - and ask how these three domains inter-relate.
ORA Prep offers a wide range of exciting and intellectually stimulating courses and programmes designed to offer an insight into university subjects. The aim is to support students applying to university, primarily those applying to UK institutions, though students can take our courses for general interest.
Our e-courses consist of recorded, high quality lectures and accompanying presentation material. Regular quizzes and exams ensure that students stay on top of the material and check their progress. Our courses are short, typically composed of 4 tutorials that each take between 30-40 minutes to complete, and are available instantly online – once you’ve chosen the course you want to take, you can get started straight away.