Explore Philosophy, Religion & Belief

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. Communicating with the dead: the faith and science of spiritualism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Since Victorian times Spiritualists, from eminent scholars to ardent Christians, have been convinced that we can talk to the dead. Explore some of the scientific techniques and religious arguments that have been used to test the reality of the spirit world.

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Miriam the prophetess, Ruth the migrant and Queen Esther: stories and afterlives of biblical women

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the biblical stories of three women, each representing an aspect of religious, political and social life of ancient Israel. These stories have inspired many writers, and been transformed to adapt to the social, political and religious concerns of the times.

    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

  5. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  6. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This study day will examine the question of the association of women with magic and witchcraft.

    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

  7. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    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

  8. Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Japanese philosophy

    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

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

    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

  11. The decline of truth from pragmatism to postmodernism

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do we live in a post-truth world? Should all our beliefs be subject to revision or are there universal truths we can’t doubt? Join us for a retrospective on a century of scepticism and relativism.

    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

  12. The symmetry of things: an introduction to group theory

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Symmetry lies close to the heart of art, design, science and nature. This course embeds the abstract study of this subject in the arts and sciences, providing an accessible taste of modern mathematics.

    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

  13. Two thousand years of women in philosophy: from Hypatia to Angela Davies

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Philosophy is the oldest academic subject from which all other disciplines emerged. But philosophy has historically excluded women, and, to this day, continues to be the most male-dominated discipline in the humanities. The underrepresentation of women in philosophy is now recognised as a problem, and there are efforts to rectify this. The book, The Philosopher Queens: The Lives and Legacies of Philosophy’s Unsung Women, invites us to explore the lives and ideas of women philosophers.

    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

  14. Love, sex and robots: a philosophical investigation

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Sex robots are coming. But will this technology lead to a happier world in which sexual inequalities are addressed? Or will sexbots undermine our human relationships by perpetuating troubling attitudes toward women, minorities, and consent?

    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

  15. Minds, brains and related philosophical headaches

    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    “No Brain, No Pain” — that’s hardly controversial. But is having an experience or—indeed—entertaining a thought

    nothing else than neural activity? In this course we will look at this and some related philosophical questions.

    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

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