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.
Mathematics is one of humanity's great achievements. Explore fundamental ideas about logic, geometry and numbers in early Greek thought, and discover modern debates about how maths underpins science. This course can be taken alone or as an introduction to other philosophy and maths courses.
Are human beings rational or irrational creatures? Can we be unconscious of some of our own beliefs, desires and intentions? Is there a scientific explanation of human suffering? This course compares philosophical and psychoanalytic answers to these questions.
How do science and philosophy understand space and matter? This course takes an interdisciplinary and historical look at the mysterious medium in which we live, starting at the Renaissance and concluding with Einstein's relativity.
What are the key philosophical ideas behind the issues and debates of today? This is an opportunity to explore in more depth the concepts and ideologies that are shaping the politics of the 21st century.
Do you have trouble thinking clearly, getting your ideas across or winning arguments when you’re obviously right? Come and learn how to construct arguments, defend opinions and expose logical fallacies and rhetorical ploys.
What do ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ mean? What makes our actions right or wrong? And why should we care? We will look at the principal philosophical answers to these questions alongside engaging in philosophical analysis ourselves. No class on 15th February.
Mathematics underpins the empirical sciences that investigate the real world, yet its own subject matter is led by abstract proof. How have philosophers tackled this conundrum since the revolutions in 19th century mathematics and logic? This course assumes you are familiar with the material covered in HP103 Philosophy of Mathematics 1: geometry.
Whether real or imagined, horror erupts into everyday life at unexpected moments. From unspoken anxiety to cold terror, horror takes many forms, displacing rational thought with things that belong to what or where?
Philosophical life coaching helps you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life by using insights and methods from the great thinkers. This introductory workshop will show you some of the most interesting ways it can be of help. No previous experience required.
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.