Philosophy & Mathematical Explorations Courses Online & in London

From the meaning of life to moral dilemmas: explore the questions philosophers and thinkers have pondered for centuries. Our daytime, evening and weekend courses cover a wide range of subjects. Join a class to encounter ethics and existentialism, memory and the mind, or discover the paradoxes and politics of the modern world.

Choosing your course

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by experienced, professional tutors with a wide range of specialisms in philosophy, from ethics to political philosophy, and from Eastern philosophies to psychoanalysis to name just a few. Many of our tutors also teach at London universities and bring their expertise from other academic disciplines, for example art, literature and politics. Please refer to specific course outlines for individual tutor biographies.

Studying at City Lit

Philosophy courses are offered in a range of formats and lengths - from a single day to a twelve-week course, during the day, in the evening and at weekends. Courses can be studied singly or in combination with other courses as your interests and learning develop in new directions. A number of our past philosophy students have gone on to study philosophy at university at degree and masters level.

Find a course

Browse our range of philosophy courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Introduction to philosophy

    Introduction to philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This problem-based introduction to philosophy explores key themes of modern philosophy, including truth, knowledge, ultimate reality and the mind-body problem.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. Buddhist philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    'Impermanence is the root of human suffering.' Over hundreds of years a highly developed philosophy grew from this simple idea. However, one does not need to adopt a religious outlook to benefit from Buddhist philosophy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Existentialism in a nutshell: time and death

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Introduction to political philosophy

    Introduction to political philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What are the ends and means of politics? Interweaving modern history and politics with key philosophical texts, study and debate the ideas, ideologies and concepts underpinning our thinking about the organisation of society.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  5. Introduction to ethics

    Introduction to moral philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What’s the right thing to do? But what does ‘right’ actually mean? And what reason do I have to do it? Join us as we grapple with these fundamental questions. No class on Tues 23rd October.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  6. Gothic horror: philosophy and Frankenstein

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Philosophy and feminism

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Contemporary philosophy has seen a rise in interest in feminist issues. Whilst all feminists are committed to gender equality, they tend to have different conceptions of and approaches to achieving egalitarian gender relations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  8. Philosophies of modernism

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Was Modernism a movement of thought as well as culture? Wrestle with some of the most challenging art, literature and music ever made through the words of practitioners and philosophers.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Liars, heaps and surprise tests: an introduction to paradox

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A paradox is an apparently absurd conclusion derived from seemingly uncontroversial premises through supposedly valid reasoning. This course will introduce you to six major philosophical paradoxes and some of the attempts to solve them.



    NB: The dates of this course are Thursday 24 Sept, Wednesday 30 Sept, Thursday 8 Oct, Thursday 15 Oct, Thursday 22 Oct and Thursday 29 Oct.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. Philosophy and literature: Romanticism to existentialism

    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore key literary texts of the period with tutor Barrie Selwyn, and discover some of the philosophical ideas which underpin them.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Fifty years on: Hannah Arendt, On Violence and politics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    “ … power always stands in need of numbers, whereas violence … relies on implements.” “The extreme form of power is All against One, the extreme form of violence is One against All.”.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Religion and nothingness: the Kyoto School

    Course Date: Fri 9 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Thinking of God as ‘Absolute’ and as ‘Nothing’ is key to the inter-faith dialogue of Zen Buddhism and Christian theology promoted by Kyoto School thinkers Nishida and Nishitani. In what sense is God ‘Nothing’?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Existentialism in a nutshell: God and abandonment

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Theseus' ship and other metaphysical puzzles: explore the concept of identity

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will introduce students to a number of well-known puzzles concerning the concept of identity – and to some of their solutions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  15. Thinking through philosophy: a guide

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is morality and what is it based on? Is the mind a ghost in the machine?

    What can I really know? This is a beginner’s introduction to how philosophy tackles questions like these and many others.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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