Philosophy papers currently offered at our Massey University campuses in Palmerston North and Auckland, as well as by distance study:
This course develops students’ foundational analytical and critical thinking skills. It is designed to provide students in any discipline with the ability to describe, evaluate, and generate reasoning / arguments effectively, appropriately, and sympathetically, alongside an understanding of the hidden complexities inherent in this approach and its limits when employed as a form of persuasion.
An introduction to questions about existence, perception and the mind.
This course examines the ideas of some of the ‘greats’ in philosophy, including Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Mill and many others.
An examination of ethical issues that arise in everyday life.
An introduction to selected topics from philosophy of religion.
An introduction to central issues in political and social philosophy with a focus on theories of justice and equality.
An investigation of many philosophical questions concerning minds, consciousness and language.
This course examines the theories that underpin our ethical thinking, developing an understanding of the nature of ethical thinking in general, and the advantages and disadvantages of major ethical theories.
An examination of topics in metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and ethics which arise in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.
An introduction to modern formal logic using propositional logic and first-order predicate logic. Formal logic provides an important link between the humanities and maths and sciences, particularly computer and information sciences.
A study of themes from international political and social philosophy with a focus on the moral status of state boundaries and the moral status of war.
A philosophical examination of when disagreement with, and opposition to, governmental authority is justified. Using the tools of political philosophy and assessing real-world cases, we discuss the nature, demands, and limits of various types of insubordinate political activity, including (but not limited to) conscientious objection, civil disobedience, secession, and revolution
In this course, we philosophically examine the way our social environment influences how we can come to know about the world.
This course uses Philosophy to explore contemporary environmental issues, such as whether our concern for environmental well-being can be adequately grounded in a concern for human well-being, the contributions of indigenous approaches to environmental philosophy, and the role of the sciences. (For course details, check HERE.)
This paper introduces students to the practice of normative ethical reasoning, with a particular focus on a business-professional context. Aside from various moral theories, we examine on-the-ground issues like sweatshop labour, deceptive sales practices, whistleblowing, and so on. (For course details, check HERE.)
A detailed investigation and analysis of the major philosophical systems which have developed within East Asia since the first millennium Before Common Era.
This course investigates issues to do with moral psychology, practical reason, moral language, and moral ontology.
An investigation of fact and theory, explanation and discovery, and of modern attempts to improve on naīve empiricist accounts of science.
An examination of ancient philosophies, particularly those of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
Exploring contemporary philosophical issues of justice as they arise within and between communities globally, including indigenous philosophies and communities.
A consideration of some of the most influential philosophers from Kant to the present.
We also offer papers for undertaking individual philosophical study and research on a great variety of topics. If you’re interested in taking such a project, please contact us to discuss details and possibilities.