• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Major code PHIL-MAJ

Philosophy is the systematic exploration and analysis of fundamental questions about the world around us and the human condition. Courses within this major are structured around the areas in which ANU Philosophy boasts a robust international reputation: epistemology, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, moral and political philosophy, European philosophy, and Asian philosophy. The methodological core of Philosophy as a discipline lies in critically and explicitly addressing issues through argumentation and reasoning. By completing this major, students will develop the ability to critically assess arguments both for and against contentious positions, as well as to adeptly formulate and defend their own arguments in support of their beliefs. Courses engage with both historical and contemporary literature, often spanning diverse disciplines, and enable students to refine their interpretive and critical evaluation skills. Courses also tackle a wide array of significant and fundamental issues stemming from some of the most compelling and urgent real-world problems we currently encounter.

Learning Outcomes

  1. examine and describe major philosophical issues, theories, and positions across various fields and contexts;
  2. critically evaluate arguments in historical and contemporary literature that, where relevant, spans diverse disciplines, and analyse their core concepts, assumptions, and implications;
  3. articulate and defend written arguments for and against positions using rationally persuasive argumentation;
  4. apply philosophical ideas and arguments to devise solutions that address fundamental issues or real-world challenges; and
  5. engage in well-reasoned oral discussion and debate, substantiating viewpoints with justified arguments.
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Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units from the following lists, of which:

A maximum of 12 units may come from the completion of courses at 1000 level

A minimum of 18 units must come from the completion of courses at 3000 level


The 48 units must come from:

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following courses:

PHIL1004 - Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction (6 units)

PHIL1005 - Logic and Critical Thinking (6 units)


A minimum of 6 units from the completion of the following:

ASIA2054 - Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development (6 units)

PHIL2012 - Buddhist Philosophy (6 units)

PHIL2014 - Topics in Analytic Philosophy (6 units)

PHIL2020 - Theories of Social Justice (6 units)

PHIL2042 - Philosophy of the Cosmos (6 units)

PHIL2057 - Philosophy of Science (6 units)

PHIL2061 - Philosophy of Mind (6 units)

PHIL2074 - Modern Theories of Knowledge (6 units)

PHIL2082 - Sex and Death: the Philosophy of Biology (6 units)

PHIL2087 - Nietzsche (6 units)

PHIL2122 - Philosophy and Public Policy (6 units)

PHIL2125 - Rationality and Social Cooperation (6 units)

PHIL2126 - Science in Society: Ethics, Public Policy and Scientific Practice (6 units)

PHIL2127 - The Philosophy of Time (6 units)

PHIL2128 - Philosophy of Physics (6 units)

PHIL2129 - Normative Ethical Theory (6 units)

PHIL2289 - Leviathan, Art and Law: Constituting the Body Politic (6 units)

PHIL2290 - Philosophy, AI and Society (6 units)


A minimum of 18 units from the completion of the following:

PHIL3073 - Advanced Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy (6 units)

PHIL3074 - Advanced Philosophical Topics (6 units)

PHIL3075 - The Philosophy of Gender: Knowledge, Power, Bodies (6 units)

PHIL3076 - Philosophy of the Life Sciences (6 units)

PHIL3077 - The Metaphysics of David Lewis (6 units)

PHIL3078 - The Philosophy of Emotions (6 units)

PHIL3079 - Evolution and Human Nature (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
MATH1042 Philosophy of the Cosmos 6
PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6
PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6
  PHIL 1007: What is Humanity?

A minimum of 36 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
  PHIL 2016: Philos of Language
PHIL2042 Philosophy of the Cosmos 6
PHIL2057 Philosophy of Science 6
  PHIL 2060: Contemporary Metaphysics
PHIL2061 Philosophy of Mind 6
PHIL2074 Modern Theories of Knowledge 6
  PHIL 2080: Logic
  PHIL 2094: The Problem of Free Will
  PHIL 2100: Origins of Analy Philo
  PHIL 3072: Adv Analytic Phil
  PHIL 2059: Love Death Freedom
PHIL2087 Nietzsche 6
  PHIL 2097: European Philosophy B
  PHIL 2102: Film as Philosophy
  PHIL 3070: Reason, Crit & Self
  PHIL 3071: Adv Continental Phil
  POLS 2076: Frankfurt School
ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice 6
  PHIL 2064: Theories of Ethics
  PHIL 2065: Politics and Rights
PHIL2082 Topics in the Philosophy of Biology 6
  PHIL 2085: Applied Ethics
  PHIL 2092: The Enlightenment
  PHIL 2101: Democracy, Difference & Desire
  PHIL 2110: Social Philosophy
  PHIL 2111: Global Citizens
  PHIL 2113: Global Justice
  PHIL 2114: Sustainability System & Agency
  PHIL 2115: Hobbes to Mill
  PHIL 2117: Meta-ethics
  PHIL 3062: Advanced Phil Topics A
  PHIL 3063: Advanced Philo Topics B
PHIL3073 Advanced Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy 6
  POLS 2063: Contemporary Political Theory
POLS2102 Political Belief and Deceit 6
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