Philosophy, Current Affairs & Health Reports

Philosophy sessions:

This group will continue with the study of Introduction to Western Philosophy begun in Term 4 2019. Details are as follows:

  • Unit 1 – About Philosophy What philosophy is; why we should study it; the main areas of philosophical study; the relationship between philosophy and religion and philosophy and science.
  • Unit 2 – In the Beginning. The beginnings of Western philosophy; some problems and questions of the ancient Greeks; the life and death of Socrates; the Sophists.
  • Unit 3 – Two Theories of Knowledge Plato’s ‘Forms’, the Cave and levels of reality, idealism; the philosophical naturalism of Aristotle.
  • Unit 4 – Epistemology – What is Knowledge. The two major approaches to knowledge: rationalism and empiricism; the views of Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume.
  • Unit 5 – The Question of Identity – Who Am I ? Major theories in the ‘mind-body’ debate – materialism, behaviourism, idealism, dualism, science.
  • Unit 6 – Philosophy of Religion Nature of ‘God’; arguments for the existence of God; arguments against the existence of God; the argument from religious experience; miracles; faith; Pascal’s Wager.
  • Unit 7 – Ethics: What is it to Live a Moral Life What it is to live a moral life; facts and values; the language we use; free will and determinism; absolutism and relativism; some ethical theories.
  • Unit 8 – The Meaning of Life Some answers to questions about meaning and purpose; religious and atheistic existentialism.

No prerequisites. Material in PDF form from the U3A Online course is distributed in advance for each class, then worked through with John at the next session. The course continues in Term 1 2020. New members welcomed.

Current Affairs sessions:

An opportunity to discuss current affairs with the help of an audio lecture/ podcast or guest facilitator. The topic for the next session will be agreed by the group. Refer here for details of the next topic. No experience required. All welcome.

Health Reports sessions:

Discuss the latest in health discoveries & research. The group will listen to ABC podcasts & possibly arrange visiting speakers on health topics of interest. Course runs for term 1, continuation thereafter to be determined by the group. No experience required, all welcome.

Classes held in the Boardroom at the Football Club. Class Times:

  • Philosophy: 1st & 3rd Fridays, 10:00 – 11:30am
  • Current Affairs: 2nd & 4th Fridays, 10:00 – 11:30am
  • Health Reports: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 11:00am.