A taste of philosophy

Course Dates: 11/01/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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. We will explore how philosophy is used to analyse concepts such as justice and beauty.

What will we cover?

What is it that philosophers do? A simple examination of the relation between thinking, concepts and reality using the concepts of ‘justice’ and ‘beauty’ will serve to introduce a basic method for ‘doing philosophy’.

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

- Analyse a concept in a philosophical fashion.

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 'Mirror on the wall: an introduction to philosophy through art' (HP099), or one of our short '…in a nutshell' courses on Confucianism (HP117), Daoism (HP118) or Indian philosophy HP110), as a next step in introductory philosophy. For information about the full range of philosophy courses on offer, please check our website bildutrapagaran.info.


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A short, concise and well taught introduction to Philosophy.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/09/2019)
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)
Tutor Biographies
John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.

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.

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Course Code: HP056

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Sat, day, 11 Jan - 11 Jan '20

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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