What is the course about?
Focused around classic examples and thought experiments these sessions will offer some bite-sized opportunities to sample some of the big questions of philosophy.
What will we cover?
(1) Why should I be moral? (2) What is the mind? (3) Are my choices really free? (4) Why should I be governed? (5) what is the value of art? (6) What can I know for sure?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Consider some of the important questions in philosophy and understand not only how some philosophers have tried to answer them, but also make some judgments of your own about those answers - and how you would respond to them. You should also be in a position to decide if you want to take any aspects or areas of philosophy further at City Lit.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course assumes no previous knowledge of philosophy and all you need is an open mind and a willingness to consider ideas from different viewpoints.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
It will be taught through a combination of tutor presentation, group work and discussion. There will be an emphasis on students discussion and evaluation of issues based on examples and thought experiments. The aim is to look at questions in a way that is lively and stimulating.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen, paper and a willingness to think!
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For full details of all philosophy courses on offer, pleae visit our website at www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details