Readings in Philosophy

The unit Readings in Philosophy will enable students to critically read and engage with important philosophical texts.  Building on the historical perspectives provided by W8110 and W8112, it will enable students to reflect on the central issues in philosophy. It is an elective unit and forms part of a Specialisation in Philosophy.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



W8110 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy and W8112 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, or equivalent.
Suitable students may undertake both W8161 and W8162 based on the reading of different philosophical texts.



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the central claims and arguments of a significant philosophical work
  2. Assess the significance of its historical context for the overall work
  3. Integrate a wide range of scholarly literature in relation to the work studied
  4. Evaluate the author’s positions and arguments by means of principles of philosophical inquiry
  5. Develop a focused study of a specific aspect or implication arising from a major philosophical work.
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