What is the course about?
The course is designed for those who wish to learn about the philosophical manner of thinking. We will explore how philosophy is used to analyse concepts such as justice and beauty.
What will we cover?
What is it that philosophers do? A simple examination of the relation between thinking, concepts and reality using the concepts of ‘justice’ and ‘beauty’ will serve to introduce a basic method for ‘doing philosophy’.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Analyse a concept in a philosophical fashion.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a general introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run in a 'seminar' format with short tutor presentations followed by Q&A and open discussion. No outside work is required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None. Handouts of relevant texts will be provided. Bring pen/pencil and notebook.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to join 'Mirror on the wall: an introduction to philosophy through art' (HP099), or one of our short '…in a nutshell' courses on Confucianism (HP117), Daoism (HP118) or Indian philosophy HP110), as a next step in introductory philosophy. For information about the full range of philosophy courses on offer, please check our website www.citylit.ac.uk.