Philosophy Study Area

Explore the traditions of philosophy 

Studying philosophy at UNSW, you’ll address three major concepts of philosophical thought: continental European, analytic and Chinese. Drawing on the wealth of wisdom and insights in these three areas, you’ll ask fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality, knowledge, society and human existence.

Question the world around you  

Philosophical questions are at the core of all aspects of human existence, including politics, law, business, peacemaking and warfare, creative arts, and science and technology. You’ll learn to gather, critically evaluate and organise large and complex bodies of information to understand and engage with the key issues of complex, contemporary societies.

The study of philosophy will teach you to examine and question the fundamental concepts of human knowledge. This reflection will challenge and deepen your understanding of issues such as human rights, the methods of scientific inquiry, the ethical implications of climate change, disability and public policy.

Develop critical thinking & problem-solving skills 

You’ll ask the big questions when you study philosophy at UNSW. What counts as knowledge or as a good argument? How should we live? What is a person? What is justice? You’ll also learn to think clearly, analytically, with depth and imagination.

You’ll build compelling arguments and learn how best to articulate them in academic and professional contexts.

Your study of philosophy at UNSW will allow you to evaluate and communicate elaborate ideas in writing and speech, tackle problems, and engage effectively in debates and discussions. These essential skills will provide a solid foundation and prepare you for success in a range of careers and industries

Research strengths in Philosophy

Research in Philosophy at UNSW examines challenges in contemporary society, culture, science and technology from a unique perspective shaped by the seasoned and curious minds at work in the field tackling ongoing philosophical questions. Our work is distinguished by its pluralism, with staff working in both analytic and continental European traditions, and our scholarship advancing current understanding of the history of both Western and Chinese philosophy.

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