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.
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.
- Interpreting the Bible: key skills and textsCourse start date: Sat 14 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Andrew GreyDiscover and explore key principles, knowledge and skills for interpreting the Bible, and apply them to select texts from the Old and New Testament.
- Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent
- Introduction to theologyCourse start date: Sat 4 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Edgar Ter-DanielyanThis course is an introduction to theology – reasoned discourse on the Christian understanding of God, his nature, and his relationship with human beings and the created order.
- Philosophical life coachingCourse start date: Sat 27 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Tim LebonPhilosophical 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.
- Four outstanding women philosophers of the 20th centuryCourse start date: Sat 9 Mar 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Edgar Ter-DanielyanThis course is an introduction to four outstanding women philosophers of the 20th century and some of their most important works: Mary Midgley (1919-2018), Elizabeth Anscombe (1919-2001), Philippa Foot (1920-2010), and Iris Murdoch (1919-1999).
- Satan and the Devil: a cultural eye view through text, image and traditionCourse start date: Sat 16 Mar 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ann JeffersThe figure of Satan/devil has pervaded many centuries of the cultural imagination of the Western world. The course will examine the literary and iconographic sources for this enduring phenomena and will ask why ideas about the devil have continued to both frighten and fascinate and why its long-lasting association with sexuality and deceit continues to make it an attractive theme in contemporary culture.Full fee £59.00
- Paganism: an introductionCourse start date: Sat 23 Mar 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ethan Doyle-WhiteToday, hundreds of thousands of people across the world follow modern Pagan religions – this course explores these traditions and the long history behind the concept of paganism itself.Full fee £59.00
- The purchase of paradise: ideas of purgatory in the mediaeval worldCourse start date: Sat 8 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Vanessa King
- Philosophy of artCourse start date: Sat 6 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Christopher HornerWhy 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.
- An introduction to Indian comparative religionsCourse start date: Sat 10 Aug 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ketan VariaThe course is an introduction to Indian Religions. Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism all have common aspects, but also some fundamental differences in philosophy.
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