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. Phenomenology: culture and the 'lifeworld'

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The ‘lifeworld’ is the cultural background in and through which we live. It shapes our experience and expectations of realiity. What is the phenomenology of our contemporary global lifeworld?

    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: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Ethics and the modern world: how do we fulfil our duty to protect the environment?

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online


    This short course is part 3 of the wider Ethics and the Modern World series of courses, each of which covers a major subject area within practical ethics, specifically within the discipline known as bioethics: biomedical ethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics.

    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: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of Philosophy

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £6.00

  4. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This study day will examine the question of the association of women with magic and witchcraft.

    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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Two thousand years of women in philosophy: from Hypatia to Angela Davies

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Philosophy is the oldest academic subject from which all other disciplines emerged. But philosophy has historically excluded women, and, to this day, continues to be the most male-dominated discipline in the humanities. The underrepresentation of women in philosophy is now recognised as a problem, and there are efforts to rectify this. The book, The Philosopher Queens: The Lives and Legacies of Philosophy’s Unsung Women, invites us to explore the lives and ideas of women philosophers.

    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

  11. German Idealism from Kant to Hegel: the beginnings of continental philosophy

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    German philosophers created the most ambitious and imaginative systems of thought of modern times against the backdrop of revolution and war. This creative and speculative beginning to modern continental philosophy is an exciting intellectual adventure.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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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