Philosophy, religion & belief

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. 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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  2. 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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  3. The philosophical Hamlet: life, death and everything in between
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Can we ever escape our past? Can we act to change our future? This course examines various philosophical themes through an engagement of different philosophical traditions and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

    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
  4. Introduction to moral philosophy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What’s the right thing to do? But what does ‘right’ actually mean? And what reason do I have to do it? Join us as we grapple with these fundamental questions. No class on Tues 26th October.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  5. Introduction to political philosophy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What are the ends and means of politics? Interweaving modern history and politics with key philosophical texts, study and debate the ideas, ideologies and concepts underpinning our thinking about the organisation of society.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
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  6. Capitalism, Free Markets, and Private Property: what do philosophers think?
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Property, ownership, capitalism, and the free market seem to be essential pillars of our society, but to what extent are they the product of history and the ruling classes? This course is a lively introduction to these important concepts.

    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 £129.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Alchemy as philosophy
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course examines the tradition of Western-European alchemy with a particular focus on the 16th century. It

    also makes contact with related topics such as the Christian Kabbalah and astrology.

    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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  8. Bioethics, animals and the environment: moral questions for the modern world
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course invites you to take a closer look at ideas and debates in three major fields of practical ethics that emerged as independent disciplines in the second half of the last century: 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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  9. Philosophy as literature, literature as philosophy: the legacy of Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche
    Course Date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Legacy of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.

    Foundational for both existentialism and postmodernism, these philosophers were the great stylists of the post enlightenment era. In examining their works, this course will explore the unprecedented reciprocity between the literary and the philosophical in the redefining of the self and subjectivity.

    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
  10. Where to begin? Approaches to philosophical thinking in Ancient Greece and today
    Course Date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is an introduction to ancient philosophy which connects the questions of some of the earliest philosophers to questions relevant to our own time.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00

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