The great philosophers

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 23/03/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Scott Biagi

Explore the ideas of major philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein. How does Western philosophy differ from religion and science? What problems have the great philosophers tried to solve?


What is the course about?

This course introduces and explores the ideas of some of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy. It is an ideal follow-up to last term's Introduction to philosophy (HP004 and HP005).

What will we cover?

A broad range of philosophers will be covered, including Plato, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein.

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

- identify the distinctive ideas of the philosophers covered on the course
- explain the problems that occupied these philosophers
- explain and assess their basic solutions.

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

The course complements the Introduction to Philosophy course (HP004/HP005) and is an ideal follow-up. An enthusiasm for learning as well as an 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. You should be prepared to discuss this reading in class.

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

The course is based on Bryan Magee's The Great Philosophers (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?

Bryan Magee's The Great Philosophers (Oxford University Press).

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

You may wish to consider Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (HP006/HP007), which runs in the daytime and in the evening next term. For other philosophy courses on offer, please check our website at


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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/04/2019)
Prepare to come away from this course knowing so much more
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Review by Lesley Catchpowle / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
This course will get you thinking and open your mind. Highly enjoyable.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2019)
A fast-paced compact course! Good if you just want to learn the basics as there's not much time to unpack some of the ideas. It's fun too and we had a nice group.
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Course Code: HP002

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Mon, eve, 13 Jan - 23 Mar '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £88.00

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