Philosophy

Philosophy Courses Online

From the meaning of life to moral dilemmas: explore the big questions that philosophers and thinkers have been pondering for centuries. Our part-time, evening and weekend courses cover a vast range of subjects including politics, art and ethics. Or you can delve into the history and philosophy of mathematics, discovering how it has shaped our scientific understanding from the early Greek innovators to the present day.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Aristotle’s notion of memory: is it still relevant today?
    Course Date:  Mon 21 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What does Aristotle say about memory? Does his account make sense to us? This course by Anita Kasabova explores Aristotle’s philosophy of memory from a contemporary perspective. Extracts from his treatise ‘On Memory and Recollection’ are examined with a view to current discussions.

    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
  2. Should we be stoic? How ancient wisdom can help us in the modern world
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In our age of tumult, the Stoic mantra ‘No person can be harmed’ brings reassurance. But what did the stoics mean by this and were they right?

    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
  3. Philosophy of music
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is music? Does it consist of sounds, scores or something else? Is it a language? Can it express emotions? Or be objectively beautiful? Why do we value it? Can we always differentiate between music and other sounds?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  4. Beyond the human: explore the philosophy of artificial intelligence and life
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The fields of synthetic biology and artificial life are merging with artificial intelligence to put our conceptions of what it is to be human in doubt. What are the consequences of thinking ‘beyond the human’?

    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 £71.00 Concession £54.00
  5. Philosophy of art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    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
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  6. Collective memory and Covid 19
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How does a collective memory come about? What will we remember of the corona pandemic? This workshop by Anita Kasabova explores the role of memory in the time of Covid-19. Participants are invited to share their experience as first-hand views of a collective memory in the making.

    This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

    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 £39.00 Concession £30.00
  7. Philosophy of the sublime: horror
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The sublime - dreadful, ecstatic, terrifying, awesome, uncanny, perverse - names the uncommon in human experience. The dark sublime of horror reveals our mortality and those dangerous transformations of self that lead us into an unsettling beyond.

    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
  8. Social media and the philosophy of shame
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is shame and how has it evolved in social media cultures? This course by Anita Kasabova examines shame situations in social media. Negative and positive imports of shame are explored, using insights from Aristotle’s theory of shame.

    This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

    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
  9. A taste of philosophy
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    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
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  10. Making sense of fictions through philosophy
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 7 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Our ability not only to talk about fictional characters, but to say true things about them, has puzzled philosophers throughout history. This introductory course will show you why fictional characters present such a puzzle.

    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
  11. Philosophy of the sublime: magic and imagination
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The philosophical sublime refers to those terrifying and delightful realities that exist beyond the common everyday, it is these that the magician seeks to experience and use to achieve a cosmic elevation of the self.

    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
  12. Theseus' ship and other metaphysical puzzles: explore the concept of identity
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 21 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will introduce students to a number of well-known puzzles concerning the concept of identity – and to some of their solutions.

    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
  13. Phenomenology: an introduction
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Phenomenology, one of the most influential approaches in contemporary philosophy, asks: how do we constitute experienced reality? Following Husserl and Heidegger, phenomenologists try to understand what it means, if anything, to be in the world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
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  14. Chinese philosophy in a nutshell
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much to ponder.

    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
  15. Introduction to philosophy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This problem-based introduction to philosophy explores key themes of modern philosophy, including truth, knowledge, ultimate reality and the mind-body problem.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £146.00
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