PHL206 Knowledge and Reality (8)

This subject engages with a number of problems that have been central to the Western philosophical tradition. These are basic problems in what is called epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and metaphysics (the study of the nature of reality). They include: How, if at all, is knowledge possible? What is the relation between the mind and the body? Do we have free will?

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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not for students who have completed PHL102

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and competence in, modern philosophical analysis and argumentation
  • be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the problems addressed in the subject, and of the discussions of those problems in selected historical and contemporary sources


This subject will cover the following topics:

1. Philosophical Theory:
analysis and argument
2. A selection from problems concerning:
a) knowledge
b) other minds
c) the meaning of words
d) mind and body
e) free-will
f) the meaning of life


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.