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.
  1. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some philosophers have insisted that philosophy should explain the meaning of our existence. What does it mean for us to be? And how then should we live? This course examines some seriously philosophical answers.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  3. Wisdom in Zen, Daoism and Western Philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The great philosophical traditions of Europe and East Asia embody wisdom in the figure of the sage but how do their conceptions of the sage differ?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Wittgenstein and the human sciences

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ludwig Wittgenstein had an enormous influence on the way philosophers thought about the nature of human language. This course considers the difference between Wittgenstein’s early and later philosophy, explores some central themes of his Philosophical Investigations and examines the impact of Wittgenstein’s thought on the human sciences, especially sociology.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Philosophies of modernism

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  6. German Idealism from Kant to Hegel: the beginnings of continental philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    German philosophers created the most ambitious and imaginative systems of thought of modern times against the backdrop of revolution and war. This creative and speculative beginning to modern continental philosophy is an exciting intellectual adventure.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Spatial languages: exploring connectedness

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    An artists' and philosophers' introduction to topology, with concepts and visual experimentation to the fore.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

  9. 'The Wedding Between Body and Language’: Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of the feminine

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Luce Irigaray claims that “the language of women reveals itself to be different from that of men”. If true, what are the philosophical consequences?
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Philosophy of art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why do we value art? For the pleasure it gives us, the emotion it expresses, its truthfulness, its form? In this introduction to the philosophy of art we will consider various approaches to these questions and others.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Religion and nothingness: The Kyoto School

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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’?
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  12. Being and beauty: the philosophy of Japanese aesthetics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  13. Philosophy of music

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    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

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will introduce students to a number of well-known puzzles concerning the concept of identity – and to some of their solutions.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

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