Should we be stoic? How ancient wisdom can help us in the modern world
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HP201
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This course is about Stoicism in the ancient world and today. We shall ask whether it is more relevant than ever or if it’s outdated in 2021.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will look at the strongest arguments in favour of living a stoic life, as well as the ideas of philosophers who thought stoicism was unjustified, limited or incoherent.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Know the basic premise of stoic philosophy and be developing a sense of what attitude you personally have towards it.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is open to all.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will take place on Zoom. You only need attend. It is optimal to keep your camera on and be willing to take part in discussions, be open-minded and respectful of opinions which may differ from your own.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
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.