What philosophy is; why we should study it; the main areas of philosophical study; the relationship between philosophy and religion and philosophy and science.
The beginnings of Western philosophy; some problems and questions of the ancient Greeks; the life and death of Socrates; the Sophists.
Plato's 'Forms', the Cave and levels of reality, idealism; the philosophical naturalism of Aristotle.
The two major approaches to knowledge: rationalism and empiricism; the views of Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume.
Major theories in the 'mind-body' debate - materialism, behaviourism, idealism, dualism, science.
Nature of 'God'; arguments for the existence of God; arguments against the existence of God; the argument from religious experience; miracles; faith; Pascal's Wager.
What it is to live a moral life; facts and values; the language we use; free will and determinism; absolutism and relativism; some ethical theories.
Some answers to questions about meaning and purpose; religious and atheistic existentialism.