Philosophy for life
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HP138
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course offers a space to take a fresh look at fundamental aspects of our everyday lives. For example, Do I think
happiness is the most important thing? Is it best to see life as if it were a comedy? What do I think constitutes a
What will we cover?
What is happiness?
Can laughter protect us?
Is homesickness a sickness?
How should we think about anxiety?
Is it wise to be pessimistic?
Can a futile situation ever be meaningful?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
You will have an introductory knowledge to the most fundamental philosophical questions surrounding the themes of
happiness, laugher and home and you should have a clearer sense of your own position towards those questions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Open to all.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught on zoom. The class is half a presentation of ideas and half a group discussion, so we ask
everyone attending to have their camera and microphone switched on.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. You may want to have notetaking equipment of you wish to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
See City Lit's website for full details of upcoming philosophy courses.
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.