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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.

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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. A taste of philosophy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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 £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  2. Mirror on the wall: an introduction to philosophy through art
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022

    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 £35.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100
  3. The philosophy of Hannah Arendt: where are we when we think?
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
  4. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? Explore these questions through



    a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of



    Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.



    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 £26.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  5. The oneness of time and being: explore the Zen philosophy of Eihei Dogen
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    “Life is not coming, not going, not present, not becoming. … life is the manifestation of the whole works, death is the manifestation of the whole works.” - Dogen.



    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 £30.00
  6. AI and robots: what is the future for love?
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00

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