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Welcome to Philosophy

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy examines the most general and fundamental problems that confront us in our attempt to understand reality; problems concerning human nature itself, as well as the physical and social world we inhabit. Examples include:

What is truth? Is it possible to have knowledge of the world?
What is reality, and are there limits to our knowledge of it?
What is the mind? What is consciousness?
What is good? Why should I be moral?
Does God exist?
What is art?

Studying these questions is both fascinating and an excellent means of intellectual training and development. By examining these difficult abstract questions a student of philosophy learns to think clearly and systematically, argue vigorously and question deeply-held assumptions.



Philosophy Events

Events are a crucial part of the Faculty's lively research culture, and provide opportunities for engagement with our staff, students and the community. We regularly advertise upcoming events in this programme - including events that we are facilitating, and events that our staff and students have the opportunity to actively participate in. We encourage you to check this listing often.


Please see our Philosophy Seminar Site for more information.

Australasian Association of Philosophy

Promoting the study of philosophy in Australasia, and the exchange of ideas among philosophers.
Current Conferences.

Contact FASS

Tel: +64 7 838 4080
or 0800 800 145 (within NZ)
Fax: +64 7 838 4636
Email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

Our Subjects

We have a huge range of exciting subjects that will immerse you in the challenges of observation, creativity and development.

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Our Qualifications

Explore our undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate qualifications and find out which one suits your needs.

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