|Each lecture will begin with a brief introduction on the scheduled topic, followed by discussions in relation to the topic.
Course 1. A primer to Essential Philosophy (Ph.) (October 1st 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Introduction to the course
- (Discussion) Students’ expectations of the course
Course 2. The object of Ph. (October 8th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Identifying the knowledge that can be attained through Ph. alone
- (Discussion) Is Ph. a science or an art?
Course 3. The essential function of Ph. (October 15th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Exploring the need for inquiry
- (Discussion) Why should we study or practice Ph.?
Course 4. Outlook on the world (October 29th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)åç
- Analysing various perceptions and knwoledge base in which they are grounded
- (Discussion) Does the world need to change or not?
Course 5. Common beliefs (November 5th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Questioning common beliefs and their foundations
- (Discussion) Why do people believe they will one day disappear from the world?
Course 6. Common practices (November 12th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Questioning common practices and their motives
- (Discussion) Why are 2.41 billion people active on Facebook?
Course 7. Critical thinking (November 19th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Focusing on the conscious activity of the mind
- (Discussion) When is it right to squander time?
Course 8. Abstract thinking (November 26th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Reflecting on the metaphysics of time
- (Discussion) Is there time?
Course 9. Reality and Virtual Reality (December 3rd 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Natural vs. synthetic environment
- (Discussion) What are your plural identities?
Course 10. The science of questions (December 10th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Emphasising on the importance and difficulty of posing good questions
- (Discussion) Can people live happily together?
Course 11. Ultimate meaning of our actions (December 17th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Understanding our motives
- (Discussion) What is the motive for studying?
Course 12. Ultimate justification of our actions (December 24th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Asserting the value of our actions
- (Discussion) What is the anticipated good which justifies the efforts invested in studying?
Course 13. The Socratic seminar (January 7th 2020, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Students take turns and lead the debate based on a text from Jonathon Free's book "Making Philosophy Obsolete: Popular
Science's Battle for the Public Mind"
- (Discussions) Can we do away with philosophy?
Course 14 and 15: Final Presentations and Q&A (January 14th and 21st 2020, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Oral presentations of your own philosophic work (written or not)