Our Courses

Philosophy courses currently offered at our Massey University campuses in Palmerston North and Auckland as well as by distance study:

230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking

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.

134.101 Knowledge and Reality

An introduction to questions about existence, perception and the mind.

134.102 Great Western Philosophy

This course examines the ideas of some of the ‘greats’ in Western philosophy, including Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Mill and many others.

134.104 Practical Ethics

An examination of ethical issues that arise in everyday life.

134.105 Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom and Evil

An introduction to selected topics from philosophy of religion.

134.106 Justice and Equality

An introduction to central issues in political and social philosophy with a focus on theories of justice and equality.

134.201 Philosophy of Mind

An investigation of many philosophical questions concerning minds, consciousness and language.

134.203 Ethics

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.

134.204 Aesthetics

An examination of topics in metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and ethics which arise in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

134.205 Logic

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.

134.207 International Justice

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.

134.218 Environmental Philosophy

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. (Please check out more course details HERE.)

134.220 Business and Professional Ethics

An examination of the practice of ethical reasoning with special concern for issues that arise in business and professions.

134.221 East Asian Philosophy

A detailed investigation and analysis of the major philosophical systems which have developed within East Asia since the first millennium Before Common Era.

134.302 Metaphysics

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.

134.309 Ancient Philosophy

An examination of ancient philosophies, particularly those of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

134.312 Epistemology: Seeing and Knowing

An examination of whether and how minds can come to have knowledge about the world.

134.317 Recent and Contemporary Philosophy

A consideration of some of the most influential philosophers from Kant to the present.

134.321 Indian Philosophy

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.