Existentialism in a nutshell: God and abandonment

Course Dates: 19/10/20 - 09/11/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Tutors:

The absurdity of existence appears to refute the existence of God as our source of purpose, meaning and value. Existentialists ask has God has abandoned us or we God.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

Drawing on Kierkegaard’s and Nietzsche’s thinking about the nature of God and of faith when there is no evidence for God’s existence, this course examines what conceptions of God arise from an existentialist perspective.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The absurdity of life
• The absence of God
• Existentialist conceptions of God
• Living without God.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Discuss the significance of the ‘death of God’.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Introductory. An interest in exploring ideas in a philosophical manner would be beneficial.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in a seminar format with short slide presentation including Q&A and group discussion. No outside work is required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No special equipment is required, other than for note-taking as preferred.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might be interested in HP127 - Existentialism in a nutshell: art and popular culture.

Reviews
Tutor Biographies
John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HP126

Mon, eve, 19 Oct - 09 Nov '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £42.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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