Julia has taught philosophy at the Universities of Reading and Southampton before joining the OUDCE as a tutor in 2014.
Reasoning enables us to acquire knowledge, to persuade others, and to evaluate their arguments. But only if we reason well. We shall be learning how to recognise, evaluate, construct and analyse arguments, and how to recognise common fallacies.
The course concerns 'the mind's direction on its objects'. What links thought & object? What are the components of thought? What is the relation between thought, language & perception? We examine philosophers' diverse views on these and related questions.
How free are we really? Can we choose the course of our actions? Are we part of an inevitable causal mechanism that simply unravels no matter what we decide, or are there genuine alternatives available to us?
What is perception and what is the nature of perceptual experience? Are the objects of perception mental or material? We will explore why over the past decade perception has attracted such levels of interest and extensive investigation.
Emotion research has never been more vibrant and interdisciplinary. Emotions have an immense influence on the decisions we daily make and the quality and meaning of our lives.