A taste of philosophy

Course Dates: 14/09/19
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
John Goff

Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.


What is the course about?

The course is designed for those who wish to learn about the philosophical manner of thinking, and how to use philosophical texts. We will explore how philosophy is used to analyse concepts such as justice, freedom, and anything else that the would-be philosopher has in mind.

What will we cover?

What is it that philosophers do? A simple examination of the relation between thinking, concepts and reality. How to think about a concept such as 'justice' or 'freedom'. What a philosophical argument is, and some examples of philosophical arguments taken from diverse philosophical writings.

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

- Analyse a concept in a philosophical fashion.
- Construct a simple philosophical argument on a topic of your own interest.

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

This is a general introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.

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

The course will run in a 'seminar' format with short tutor presentations followed by Q&A and open discussion. No outside work is required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

None. Handouts of relevant texts will be provided. Bring pen/pencil and notebook.

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

You may wish to join our 'Introduction to Philosophy' course, available both in the day and in the evening. Course codes: HP004/005. To check all our philosophy courses on offer, please go to our website bildutrapagaran.info.

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This is an excellent entry level course into Philosophy. The tutor explains the topics clearly, even though they lead onto some complex themes. Rather than run through the history of philosophy, it focuses more on the thought processes required to philosophise, which is a great approach.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/01/2019)
A really interesting and worthwhile day that stretched my brain and gave me lots to think about. He is a brilliant teacher and we were lucky to have him. The content and presentation were very well planned.
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Review by Louise / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
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Course Code: HP051

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Sat, day, 14 Sep - 14 Sep '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £19.00
Senior fee: £15.00
Concession: £10.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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