Philosophy (TASC Level 3)

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Philosophy (TASC Level 3) - An Introduction

The course enables learners to develop logical responses to questions without definitive answers, thus helping them to become comfortable with difficult intellectual challenges

The emphasis on epistemology, the scientific method and logic allows students to identify faulty or weak arguments and understand the limits of knowledge.

TASC. Philosophy. Level 3, PHL315118, 2020.

'The major value of philosophy is that it teaches not what to think, but how to think.'

Tasmanian Qualifications Authority. Philosophy. 24 October 2012.

'Philosophy is not so much about coming up with the answers to fundamental questions as it is about the process of trying to find the answers to these fundamental questions as it is about the process if trying to find these answers, using reasoning rather than accepting without question conventional views or traditional authority.'

Atkinson, S (ed) 2001, The Philosophy book, Dorling Kindersley, London, p. 12.

Course information for TASC Philosophy level 3 can be found here.

Library Resources
AV Resources
Web Resources

Library Resources

On the shelves

The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool. Use a basic keyword search to get you quickly to the resources you will find on our shelves.

Dewey numbers

  • 109 Philosophy
  • 108 History and description of philosophy in respect to people
  • 170 + Ethics

Collection highlights

The following books may be of particular interest:

Penguin Great Ideas

'Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other.' Penguin have published in their series 'Great Ideas' some of the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilisation and helped make us who we are. [Publisher's description]. These are some of titles from this series in the Library's collections.

Reference Resources

On our shelves

Online Reference

AV Resources

  • King's College - History of Philosophy without the gaps. 'Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps." The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.

Web Resources

Be careful what you download and use from the Internet.

Before using information from a web address ensure you are looking at a publication from a legitimate source. Material from the Internet often does not acknowledge the author or creator, does not cite references or footnotes, or include any type of bibliography or reference list. Use this type of material with caution. As part of your research process you need to sort out the reliable sources from the less trustworthy sites.

For further information read the Library Fact Sheet Evaluating Information from the Web.


Other sites of interest:

Unit 1: An introduction to Epistemology

Unit 2: Mind/Body problem


  • 'Dualism', New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia
  • 'Thomas Nagel: a major contemporary philosopher' Mises Institute


  • 'Monism', New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia

Unit 3: Free will

Free will


Unit 4: Elective studies - Ethics or Science and Faith

Elective 4.1 Contemporary conflicts in moral theory

Environmental ethics

Political ethics

Feminist ethics

Elective 4.2 Life, the Universe and Everything

Unit 5: Philosophers and the Good Life

Referencing advice: TASC and your teachers at St Patrick's College expect you to present your work with citations and a reference list in the Harvard (Author, Date) style for Philosophy. Go to the Library's Referencing Guidelines for extended help in this area. The Library staff are always happy to help you with any queries you may have in regard to referencing requirements for any research you are undertaking.

Faculty resources: All material purchased by the HASS Faculty are also available for student use if it is not required by teachers. Many of these resources are shelved separately in the Library and may be found by using the Library catalogue. You may need to ask Library staff to bring you some titles.