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. Philosophy and the self

    Philosophy and the self

    New
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What is the self? Do you have a true self and false selves? Is there perhaps no such thing as the self? This course explores the problem of personal identity from philosophical, sociological and psychological points of view.

    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: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  2. Philosophical life coaching

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. How should we reason? An introduction to logic

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Philosophical logic is the study of the rules of correct reasoning. This course will introduce you to some widely accepted rules of correct reasoning and teach you how to describe these rules with mathematical precision.

    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

  4. Mirror on the wall: an introduction to philosophy through art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course rearranges the cultural kitchen – placing Picasso beside Plato, Rubens beside Rousseau and Monet beside Montaigne – to ask questions of universal urgency: the value of pleasure, the limits of judgement and what it means to be human.

    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

  5. Equality: are some people more equal than others?

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Equality underpins contemporary political philosophy in the West. This course explores what we mean by equality and the questions it raises.

    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

  6. Phenomenology: politics, empathy and others

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The political begins in the recognition of human interdependence. To be oneself is to be others, not to be others is not to be oneself. This tension is empathy and grounds a phenomenology of politics.

    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

  7. Ethics and the modern world: do animals have rights?

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This short course is part 2 of the wider Ethics and the Modern World series of courses, each of which covers a major subject area within practical ethics, specifically within the discipline known as bioethics: biomedical ethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics.

    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

  8. The philosophy of Hannah Arendt: where are we when we think?

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    “ … the thinking activity belongs among those energeiai [activities] which, like flute-playing, have their ends within themselves and leave no tangible outside end product in the world we inhabit.”.

    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: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. From Aesop to Achebe: explore philosophy through stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Philosophical thinking is triggered when we feel that the story we have isn’t enough. Philosophy is the desire to find other stories. This course looks at the questions we might ask about a story and the questions a story makes us ask of ourselves.

    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: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Phenomenology: culture and the 'lifeworld'

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The ‘lifeworld’ is the cultural background in and through which we live. It shapes our experience and expectations of realiity. What is the phenomenology of our contemporary global lifeworld?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Ethics and the modern world: how do we fulfil our duty to protect the environment?

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online


    This short course is part 3 of the wider Ethics and the Modern World series of courses, each of which covers a major subject area within practical ethics, specifically within the discipline known as bioethics: biomedical ethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  13. Japanese philosophy

    New
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Japanese philosophy extends well beyond Zen, with several philosophical traditions including that of the modern Kyoto School. Developing distinct cultural, aesthetic and political concepts, Japanese philosophers offer a rich field of thought.

    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

  14. Wittgenstein and the human sciences

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

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

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

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