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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. What do mathematicians do? An introduction to philosophy of maths
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course offers the opportunity to explore fascinating questions concerning the nature of mathematical knowledge by providing an introduction to four major 19th and 20th century philosophies of mathematics.

    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
  11. Hannah Arendt: On Violence and politics
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    “ … power always stands in need of numbers, whereas violence … relies on implements.” “The extreme form of power is All against One, the extreme form of violence is One against All.”.

    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. Japanese philosophy in a nutshell
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 18 Oct 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
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  13. A taste of gothic horror: philosophy and Frankenstein
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What does it mean to be human? What are the social, political, and philosophical consequences of our definitions of humanity? This course examines this question through an engagement of Modern Philosophy and Shelley’s Frankenstein.

    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
  14. Thinking through philosophy: a guide
    Course Date:  Mon 25 Oct 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 £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  15. Philosophy for the guilty
    Course Date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What can philosophy offer us once we have transgressed, fallen or sinned? You could say that philosophy only truly comes alive to us once we have betrayed our own values. Only then are we ready for philosophy's interrogation.

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00

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