Emendations to list given below:

Please note following emendations to the list of units below (See Handbook errata)
You will be able to enrol in the PHIL2619 through Sydney Student.

  • PHIL2619 Philosophy of Mathematics– Semester 1 (See details below)
  • PHIL2661 Philosophy of Sex will not be offered in 2016

Units of study

PHIL2619 Philosophy of Mathematics

Semester 1, 2016 | Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Mark Colyvan

Assessments 2x2250wd essays (2x50%) Classes 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites 12 Junior credit points in Philosophy Prohibitions PHIL3219, PHIL2219 Tuesday 10-12 Lecture (Teachers College Lecture Theatre 306)

An examination of contemporary problems in the Philosophy of Mathematics. We will look at intuitionism, nominalism, Platonism, and constructivism in mathematics, while also discussing the reduction of mathematics to set theory, the Cantorian higher infinite (at some length) and the significance of the Godel and Lob theorems.

PHIL2629 - Descartes and Continental Philosophy

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Anik Waldow


Descartes is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, and in this unit we look both at his own contribution, and at his influence on the subsequent course of philosophical thought in the work of Malebranche, Spinoza, and Leibniz. Just over half the unit will be devoted to Descartes' own thought, and we will look at the various stages in the development of his ideas. In the second half of the unit, we will examine the ideas of his successors on selected metaphysical themes, above all on perception and the mind/body question.


1x1000 word tutorial exercise (30%), 1x1000 word presentation (20%), 1x2500 word essay (50%)


R. Descartes, Discourse on Method and Other Writings, trans. D. Clarke (Penguin paperback)
R. Descartes, The Passions of the Soul (Hackett, paperback)
Malebranche, The Search after Truth, T. Lennon a. P. Olscamp (Cambdridge University Press, paperback),
B. Spinoza, Ethics, (Penguin paperback)


1x2 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial per week


12 Junior credit points in Philosophy


PHIL2004, PHIL3004

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