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.