Study philosophy

Philosophy literally means the ‘love of wisdom’. It encompasses the search for knowledge and wisdom about many important areas of life, including who we are, what we value and why, how we should act, and the grounds for our beliefs.

It is both an ancient tradition of thought, and a cutting-edge, contemporary discipline. Studying philosophy – and developing a philosophical mindset – will provide you with an invaluable set of skills that will complement any career path you choose.

Philosophy presentation – start here for key information

Check out our video on philosophy where our academics and teaching staff answer key and frequently asked questions. They discuss our courses, placements and practical experience, classes and timetables, assessments, admission pathways and more.

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Check out our website to learn more about philosophy at ACU.

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Explore philosophy across our campuses.

Where can I study philosophy?






North Sydney



Listen to our podcast

Delve into the world of ideas, ethics and deep reflection with the Thinking Philosophy podcast.

This 10-part series explores issues in moral philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of religion and bioethics through interviews with leading philosophers from the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy, and the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

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Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value

Hosted by the ACU School of Philosophy – and now in its 20th year – this annual public lecture is inspired by Simone Weil’s ethical vision, compassion and obligation to others, her unstinting desire for the Good, and her non-negotiable commitment to justice.

Annual lectures, talks and conferences

Each year we host leading local and international theologians and philosophers and theologians who deliver a range of public events addressing a diversity of topics.

Core Curriculum

All ACU students can elect to study philosophy to meet their Core Curriculum requirements. Our Core Curriculum is a key part of every ACU student’s education, giving you time to reflect on what it is to be human, our common social life and ways we can change the world in important ways.

Our locations

We have eight campuses around Australia and a campus in Rome, Italy.