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. Understanding the modern world
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    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
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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Reason or faith? From the origins of existence to artificial intelligence
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will open up the questions that have troubled philosophy and religion throughout history. You will gain an introduction to philosophical methods, definitions of terminology, and an overview of the history of philosophy of religion up to current concerns today about the limits of reason.

    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. History of ideas: the Enlightenment and the modern state - the illusion of freedom
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online



    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. Philosophy and cultural theory
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    We will look the philosophical underpinnings of culture through the writings of key philosophers who engage critically with the self images of the post enlightenment era. In particular we will look at ideology, language and art in the context of cultural reproduction.

    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
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  11. Law unrolled: explore the philosophy of law
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Our lives are governed by the law, but do we really understand the thinking behind our legal system or do we simply take it for granted? This course is an introduction to jurisprudence: the philosophy of law.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  12. Philosophy and memory
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    What is memory? How does memory impact our sense of self? Why does memory often go wrong? If our memory is unreliable, can it provide knowledge of our personal past? What is mental time travel? This course explores memory from philosophical and psychological viewpoints.

    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 £209.00 Concession £127.00
  13. Thinking through philosophy: a guide to the basics
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    What is morality and what is it based on? Is the mind a ghost in the machine?

    What can I really know? This is a beginner’s introduction to how philosophy tackles questions like these and many others.

    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
  14. How do we know what we know? Introducing scepticism and the theory of knowledge
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course takes a closer look at epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, and asks such questions as: how is knowledge created? How do we internalise information? What makes us believe or not believe in the 'knowledge' presented to us? .

    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
  15. Liars, heaps and surprise tests: an introduction to paradox
    Course Date: Tue 1 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A paradox is an apparently absurd conclusion derived from seemingly uncontroversial premises through supposedly valid reasoning. This course will introduce you to six major philosophical paradoxes and some of the attempts to solve them.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

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