Introduction to philosophy
Time: 19:45 - 21:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HP004
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course introduces and explores a range of core philosophical problems. It concentrates on problems rather than on philosophers, but students will also be introduced to some of the central figures in the history of philosophy.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
A range of topics will be covered, including the nature of knowledge, the mind-body problem, the meaning of words, free will and justice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- explain a range of core philosophical problems
- explain some basic solutions to these problems.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous study of philosophy is required. An enthusiasm for learning as well as on open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and benefit from this course. On joining this course you should be able to read and comment upon extracts from a philosophical text.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on Thomas Nagel's What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy (Oxford University Press). Each class will focus on one chapter, and will consist of short lecture-style presentations, pair, group and class discussion. There will also be opportunity to participate in online forums to explore topics further.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Thomas Nagel's What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy (Oxford University Press).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might like to enrol on the second of our evening introductory courses in philosophy, which begins in January: HP002: The great philosophers.
Oliver holds a postgraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Since graduating, he has taught a wide variety of courses to a broad range of students, from adults and children exploring the subject for the first time through to advanced undergraduates. His main areas of interest are the Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics, the Philosophy of Language, and Logic. Recently, his research has focussed on developing medieval approaches to semantic paradoxes using modern mathematical methods. When Oliver’s not teaching or writing up papers, he’s either lost in a good book or somewhere deep in the English countryside.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.