Philosophy, religion, & ideas - Keeley Street

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.

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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Philosophy and cinema encounters
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Daniel Weizman
    We explore the intersection of film and philosophy, engaging with the works of influential thinkers and film makers. Together, we discover how cinema opens new possibilities to examine enduring philosophical questions concerning the mind, reality, identity, and ideology.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  2. Purposeful minds: philosophy for societal change
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vina Theodorakopoulou
    Embark on a transformational journey. Uncover the deep-rooted connection between philosophy, individual and collective purpose, and social impact in this interactive 5-hour course.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  3. Philosophy of art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christopher Horner
    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 £38.00
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  4. An introduction to Indian comparative religions
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ketan Varia
    The course is an introduction to Indian Religions. Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism all have common aspects, but also some fundamental differences in philosophy.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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  5. African political philosophy
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ovett Nwosimiri
    This course is an introduction to African political philosophy.Over nine sessions we will engage with the discourse and what is African about its political philosophy. We will explore the rich and diverse tradition of political thought in Africa. We will delve into the historical, cultural, and philosophical foundations of African political philosophy.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  6. Philosophy and literature: from existentialism to (post)modernism
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Barrie Selwyn
    Literature provides a very effective springboard into the understanding of the developing notions of selfhood and human nature in the history of ideas and philosophy sharpens our understanding of literature within the broader context of this history.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  7. An introduction to the classic trio of British empiricists: John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cristina Paterno
    Join this course and discover the work of John Locke, the founder of British Empiricism; George Berkeley and his famous view on perception; and David Hume’s fork of ‘relations of ideas' and 'matters of fact'.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Philosophy and the problem of evil
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    If God exists, and is essentially all-powerful, all-knowing and perfectly good, how could a world which God creates include pain and suffering? This question summarises the so-called ‘problem of evil’ which has preoccupied theistic philosophers for centuries. This course is an introduction to that problem, and to some attempts to solve it.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  9. Integrating philosophy and ethics in a capitalist world
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vina Theodorakopoulou
    Embark on a journey to explore the intricate interplay between philosophy, ethics and capitalism. Join our exploration into aligning values with the demands of a dynamic global economy. Explore how values and principles can harmonise with the demands of a global economy.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
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