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Central Themes in Philosophy (PH142)

The world as you experience it seems to contain a wide variety of things, including people, paintings, conversations, and rainbows. And those things seem to have a variety of qualities: the rainbow appears blue in parts; the conversation indiscreet; the painting seems elegant; the person tall. How many of those qualities are really ‘out there in the world’, rather than merely reflecting your own idiosyncrasies? Is the blue of the rainbow there independently of your experience? What about the elegance of the painting, or the inconsiderateness of the conversation? How should we understand these qualities and the things that seem to bear them?

Throughout this module, you’ll be exposed to major philosophical arguments and positions on these and related topics, with the aim of deepening your understanding of the seemingly multi-faceted world that you inhabit.


Module Director:

Christoph Hoerl


This module is worth 15 CATS.