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Welcome to philosophy at Otago!

((Otago Philosophers on COVID-19:))

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Philosophers ask fundamental questions about

  • the nature of the world
  • our place in it
  • moral standards
  • methods of reasoning
  • minds
  • language

and more. Philosophy is the systematic attempt to ask and to answer such questions, rigorously and analytically.

Philosophy means 'love of wisdom'. The study of philosophy is its own reward. A degree in philosophy is also an excellent entry-point to a wide range of careers.

Why study philosophy?

Location of the department: please note, we have moved from 117 Union St East. We are now on the second floor, central and north wing, in the Arts/Burns Building, 95 Albany Street.

 

Professor Lisa Ellis, and some of our Southland U3A attendees (March 2020). The Southland U3A hosted a four-lecture series, featuring staff from the Philosophy Programme: Dr Heather Dyke (who spoke on reasoning in ethics), Assoc. Prof. Charles Pigden (who spoke on the history of philosophy at Otago), postgraduate Briony Blackmore (who spoke on AI and ethics), and Prof. Ellis (who spoke on environmental ethics).