Philosophy & Mathematical Explorations Courses in London

From the meaning of life to moral dilemmas: explore the big questions that philosophers and thinkers have been pondering for centuries. Our part-time, evening and weekend courses cover a vast range of subjects including politics, art and ethics. Or you can delve into the history and philosophy of mathematics, discovering how it has shaped our scientific understanding from the early Greek innovators to the present day.
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  1. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. Confucianism in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    ‘If one learns from others but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril.’ Confucius, ‘Analects 2.15’.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Philosophy and psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud

    Philosophy and psychoanalysis

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are human beings rational or irrational creatures? Can we be unconscious of some of our own beliefs, desires and intentions? Is there a scientific explanation of human suffering? This course compares philosophical and psychoanalytic answers to these questions.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Understanding the modern world

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  5. Being in the world: Heidegger's philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “The being of 'being' is itself not a being”. Questioning the meaning of ‘Being’ lies at the root of Heidegger’s critique of the ‘crisis’ of Western culture that his philosophy sought to overcome.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Great thinkers

    The great philosophers

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of major philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein. How does Western philosophy differ from religion and science? What problems have the great philosophers tried to solve?
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. The fantastical Baroque

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter some of the strangest texts of 17th century Europe. Journey to the moon; get lost in a labyrinth of ideas; measure divine proportions and human emotions; wrestle with Montaigne, Bacon, Descartes and Milton.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Modern political philosophy: ideas and ideologies in the 21st century

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What are the key philosophical ideas behind the issues and debates of today? This is an opportunity to explore in more depth the concepts and ideologies that are shaping the politics of the 21st century.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  9. Gothic horror: philosophy and Frankenstein

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    What does it mean to be human? What are the social, political, and philosophical consequences of our definitions of humanity? This course examines this question through an engagement with modern philosophy and Shelley’s Frankenstein.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  10. Critical thinking

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have trouble thinking clearly, getting your ideas across or winning arguments when you’re obviously right? Come and learn how to construct arguments, defend opinions and expose logical fallacies and rhetorical ploys.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  11. Spatial languages: exploring higher dimensions

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A gentle introduction to the abstract language of vectors, widely used in science, technology and beyond, with a strong emphasis on conceptual clarity and visual intuition.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  12. Philosophy of love and sex

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    At first, the philosopher and the lover seem unnatural bedfellows. The philosopher’s lucidity talks past the lover’s intoxication. But could they be companions? What wisdom can the philosopher take from the lover?
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Philosophy for the guilty

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What can philosophy offer us once we have transgressed, fallen or sinned? You could say that philosophy only truly comes alive to us once we have betrayed our own values. Only then are we ready for philosophy's interrogation.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. Introduction to ethics

    Introduction to moral philosophy

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What do ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ mean? What makes our actions right or wrong? And why should we care? We will look at the principal philosophical answers to these questions alongside engaging in philosophical analysis ourselves. No class on 19th February.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Philosophy and cultural theory

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look the philosophical underpinnings of culture through the writings of key philosophers who engage critically with the self images of the post enlightenment era. In particular we will look at ideology, language and art in the context of cultural reproduction.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

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