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Introduction to philosophy

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Academic Direction
Birkbeck, University of London
Also part of
BA Philosophy
Modes of Study

​In this course, students will be introduced to the methods and content of philosophy by considering, at an elementary level and in a carefully guided way, some of the central problems that arise within the subject.

Topics covered

  • Free-will, determinism and responsibility
  • Personal identity
  • The relation of the mind to the body
  • The nature of knowledge
  • The ideal of equality
  • Issues raised by portrayals of tragedy
  • The reality of qualities
  • Our understanding of moral dilemmas.


One two-hour unseen written examination.

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