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Knowledge and Reality: On-Demand Online Course

Join our Knowledge and Reality online course, with Oxford Royale Academy and push yourself to new levels.

Online Knowledge and Reality Course Introduction

Thinking of studying Philosophy at university? Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of reality? On this course you’ll scrutinise everything that you think you’ve ever known, as you delve into some of the established philosophy surrounding knowledge. You’ll apply critical analysis to the thoughts and ideas of major philosophers and learn about the philosophical method. If you’re considering studying any humanities subject at university, then the study of Reality and Knowledge will be a core aspect of that degree. And with our online courses, you can learn at your own pace and in ways most convenient to you.

Join our Knowledge and Reality online course, with Oxford Royale Academy and push yourself to new levels.

Knowledge and Reality

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What's in the Knowledge and Reality On-Demand Course?

Course Summary

Knowledge is all around us, and we generally think we know many things about the world. For example, you may think that you know your name. Or you may think that you know the earth has existed for many years before you came into it. You know about the existence of countries you have never been to. But do you really know these things, or do you only believe them because you have accepted them as fact? Even in the case of our most firm and certain beliefs, couldn’t it turn out that we’re just badly mistaken? This course will attempt to answer these questions by probing established philosophical thought and subjecting it to heavy scrutiny.

Along the way we will look closely at the major philosophers who have influenced our study of knowledge, subjecting their thoughts and ideas to critical analysis of our own. Not only will you learn about philosophers and their various schools of thought, but you will also be exposed to the philosophical method, and how philosophers go about attempting to answer questions such as those above. A study of Knowledge and Reality is a core element of many philosophy, classics, and other humanities degrees. This course is therefore an ideal stepping stone for anyone thinking of applying to study one of these subjects at university, showing that you have the ability to think critically about some of the most fundamental questions of our existence.

Topics Covered

During this course, students will be able to…

  • understand the major schools of thought surrounding the topic of Knowledge and Reality
  • examine critically the arguments of philosophers past and present, in establishing what we can and cannot truly say we know
  • be exposed to the philosophical method, and some of the key principles underpinning Philosophy in general

By the end of this course, students will be able to…

  • understand the major schools of thought surrounding the topic of Knowledge and Reality
  • examine critically the arguments of philosophers past and present, in establishing what we can and cannot truly say we know
  • be exposed to the philosophical method, and some of the key principles underpinning Philosophy in general

What’s Included?

  • 4 x Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion

 

Syllabus

Tutorial 1: Descartes (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will explore the thought of Descartes. Descartes was the first prominent philosopher to question whether we can truly know anything. He decided that he could not just accept everything that he had been told as fact. This tutorial will explore the arguments and thought of Descartes before testing whether his hypotheses stand up to philosophical scrutiny.

Tutorial 2: Can we Believe Descartes (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will scrutinise Descartes’ arguments in further detail by advancing four main counterarguments in response to his hypotheses.

Tutorial 3: Coherentism (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will discuss the fact that many philosophers have argued that we should abandon the project of trying to prove that the world exists. According to these philosophers, we should try to justify our beliefs not by an appeal to the external world, but by an appeal to their internal coherence. That idea is called coherentism and will be the subject of this tutorial.

Tutorial 4: Relevant Alternatives & Contextualism (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will explore two final philosophical theories. Relevant Alternatives Theory, propounded most famously by Fred Dretske, attempts to define reality and belief through discounting other theories, whilst Contextualism argues that knowledge is entirely dependent on context.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for critical thinking and philosophical thought!

Course Level

For students applying to university to study philosophy-related subjects

Difficulty

Moderate

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.

Fees

£29.99

Workload

4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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