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Below are several examples of non-philosophical stimuli and the kind of issues that might be raised and explored

in the coursework. Photograph: This shows a mirage which raises the issue of how we can know the difference between appearance and reality.

Visual Image: This contemplating angel raises the issue of the possible immortality of a human being.

Painting: An evocation of the existential interpretation of the human condition: angst.

Advertisement: How much of our social conditioning is cultural; how much of it part of our nature?

Cartoon: How do our mind and body interact?

Novel: This piece raises the question of the inner world of consciousness. Despite his heterodoxy, faults and weaknesses, Clare was a man with a conscience. Tess was no insignificant creature to toy with and dismiss; but a woman living her precious lifea life which, to herself who endured or enjoyed it, possessed as great a dimension as the life of the mightiest to himself. Upon her sensations the whole world depended to Tess; through her existence all her fellow-creatures existed, to her. The universe itself only came into being for Tess on the particular day in the particular year in which she was born.From Tess of the dUrbervilles by Thomas Hardy (first published 1891)

Play: Macbeth gives an interpretation of the meaning of life. Lifes but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more; it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.Act 5, scene 5 Poem: An illustration of the relationship between humans and the natural world. And since to look at things in bloom Fifty springs is little room, About the woodlands I will go To see the cherry hung with snow. From Loveliest of Trees, The Cherry Now by A E Housman

Cartoon: The dream-world and its place as part of the human mind; part of human nature.

Internet site (Horse evolution): The clash between knowledge as claimed by science and knowledge as claimed by religious belief.

Letter: A moral dilemma arising from a common inter-personal relationship. Dear Deirdre I have been going out with a boy for ten weeks and he says that he wants to move our relationship onto a more physical [etc.]

Newspaper article: The tension between different values placed on our treatment of animals. Dont Save The Tiger! There are only about 400 tigers left in India and their conservation is a waste. The amount of money that is spent on preserving these animals amounts to $20 000 per tiger per year and [etc.]From The Times 8th January 2010

TV/Radio show: Differences among human types: how natural is our nature? Hancocks Half-Hour (The Blood Donor) Hancock: I want to be sure it goes to the right sort of person. I wouldnt like to think of any old hobbledehoy having my blood coursing through his veins. Nurse: When a blood transfusion is given, a persons background is of no consequence. Hancock: You cant expect me to believe that; after all, East is East and West is Nurse: Mr Hancock, blood is classified according to group and not by accident of birth. Hancock: I came here to give bloodnot to listen to a lecture on communism, young lady! Nurse: I happen to be a Conservative! Hancock: Then kindly behave like one, madam.

Propaganda: The manipulation of the truth for the greater good of society. (In this picture the people shown were not really queueing at the unemployment office.).