Mirror on the wall: an introduction to philosophy through art

Course Dates: 18/01/20 - 01/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This course rearranges the cultural kitchen – placing Picasso beside Plato, Rubens beside Rousseau and Monet beside Montaigne – to ask questions of universal urgency: the value of pleasure, the limits of judgement and what it means to be human.


What is the course about?

This course is not the philosophy of art but the philosophical questions that art inspires. Truth and beauty: the most powerful pictures are used to summon the most important questions. The Mirror on the Wall course opens eyes in order to expand minds.

What will we cover?

The sessions will take an enquiry format (minimum power point, I promise). The questions of enquiry will be things like: Is there anything that you shouldn’t learn about? When, if at all, does self-love become narcissism? Are knowledge and beauty opposites? Is there anything money shouldn’t be allowed to buy?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

You will have a basic grounding in key philosophical questions. More so, you will have had experience at having genuine philosophical dialogues whereby you get the chance to learn about your own ideas in more detail and think about whether you agree with yourself - a necessary trait for any further philosophy practice either in life or in the classroom.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

As this is an introductory course it is fine if you have not done any philosophy before. And open mind is all you need.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Sessions take the form of facilitated discussions. The first part of each class is exploratory, with time given by the tutor/facilitator for learners to feel their way around topics and philosophical ideas and extend their understanding. The second part focuses on a text from a philosopher to unpack and debate. There will be optional reading at home should students want that.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

For the full range of philosophy courses you could progress onto, please visit our website: www.citylit.ac.uk.


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Tutor Biographies
Andrew West

Andy West is in his mid-thirties and still doesn't have any decent answers to life’s main philosophical questions. He hopes that by asking his students ‘Do we have freewill?’ and ‘How do we know if we exist?’ then he will get closer to finding out if he has freewill or if he really exists. He taught philosophy to children for six years and has spent the last few years teaching in prisons. He joined the the City Lit in 2018. He’s currently writing a book for Picador about teaching philosophy in prisons, due to be released in February 2022. He has written for The Guardian, 3AM Magazine, Boundless and Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. Find him on twitter @AndyWPhilosophy

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.

This course has now started

Course Code: HP099

Started Sat, day, 18 Jan - 01 Feb '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £40.00

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