Philosophy courses 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 Western 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.
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, and responses to global conversations around sustainability and ‘the rights of nature’.
An examination of the practice of ethical reasoning with special concern for issues that arise in business and professions.
A detailed investigation and analysis of the major philosophical systems which have developed within East Asia since the first millennium Before Common Era.
Topics in metaphysics selected from the following: personal identity, freedom and determinism, action and purpose, the problem of universals and particulars, causality, events and states of affairs.
An examination of ancient philosophies, particularly those of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
An examination of whether and how minds can come to have knowledge about the world.
A consideration of some of the most influential philosophers from Kant to the present.
A detailed investigation and analysis of the major philosophical systems (both Hindu and non-Hindu), which have developed within the Indian subcontinent since the second millennium Before Common Era.
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.