Objectivity and Value

Subject 161-202 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: At least one first-year single-semester philosophy subject or permission from the Head of School or subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Christopher Cordner
Subject Overview:

This subject explores the nature of value  including moral and ethical value, and aesthetic, religious and political value  in human life. Are such values capable of being objectively true or real; or are they essentially ÂsubjectiveÂ, having no ground or warrant outside the individualÂs (or perhaps the cultureÂs) choosing of them? Or does the truth about value lie somewhere else again?

Assessment: 3 tutorial essays, worth a total of 25%, an essay worth 35%, and an end-of-semester exam worth 40%
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • have developed their powers of critical and analytical thinking, and be able to apply these powers to problems and issues in other areas of philosophy, and in other disciplines

  • have acquired a greater capacity both to articulate and express their thoughts, and also to communicate them clearly and directly

  • have an increased understanding of the impact of social, ethical and cultural context on many areas of human activity

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)

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