Existentialism in a nutshell: time and death

Course Dates: 21/09/20 - 12/10/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Tutors:

For existentialists our existence is arbitrary and unfolds, in time, towards certain death. Can we live meaningfully within the horizon of time and death?

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?

Heidegger’s account of our being-towards-death in ‘Being and Time’ will form the core of an examination of the personal and interpersonal nature of time and the place of death within uncertain lives.

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?

• Heidegger’s account of existential temporality as ‘futural’.
• The meaning of death in Heidegger and related existential thinkers.

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

Explain, simply, the idea of ‘being-towards-death’.

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 presentations. Q&A and small or group discussion. There is no work outside class. Slides will be available online.

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

No other costs. Bring note-taking equipment of your own preference.

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

You might be interested in HP126 - Existentialism in a nutshell: God and abandonment.

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: HP125

Mon, eve, 21 Sep - 12 Oct '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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