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.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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  1. Philosophy of music

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is music? Does it consist of sounds, scores or something else? Is it a language? Can it express emotions? Or be objectively beautiful? Why do we value it? Can we always differentiate between music and other sounds?
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

    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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Being and beauty: the philosophy of Japanese aesthetics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Not something apart from everyday life but intrinsic to it, beauty in Japanese thought does not entail perfection but the surprise of imperfect and transient being.

    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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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