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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Philosophy and Mental Wellbeing: Nostalgia and The ‘Ache for Home’

    New
    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The word nostalgia comes from a compound of two greek words: nóstos, meaning “homecoming”, and álgos, meaning “ache”. To be nostalgic means to be homesick. This lively workshop explores the idea of nostalgia and its effect on mental health.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. Philosophy and Wellbeing: How should we suffer?

    New
    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A look at what different philosophers have said about what attitude we should take towards the inevitability of suffering, from ancient Indian and roman ideas, to modern French and German philosophy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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