Philosophy & mathematical explorations

From the meaning of life to moral dilemmas: explore the big questions that philosophers and thinkers have been pondering for centuries. Our part-time, evening and weekend courses cover a vast range of subjects including politics, art and ethics. Or you can delve into the history and philosophy of mathematics, discovering how it has shaped our scientific understanding from the early Greek innovators to the present day.
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  1. The great philosophers

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of major philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein. How does Western philosophy differ from religion and science? What problems have the great philosophers tried to solve?
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Philosophy and psychoanalysis

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are human beings rational or irrational creatures? Can we be unconscious of some of our own beliefs, desires and intentions? Is there a scientific explanation of human suffering? This course compares philosophical and psychoanalytic answers to these questions.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Philosophy of space

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do science and philosophy understand space and matter? This course takes an interdisciplinary and historical look at the mysterious medium in which we live, starting at the Renaissance and concluding with Einstein's relativity.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Modern political philosophy: ideas and ideologies in the 21st century

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What are the key philosophical ideas behind the issues and debates of today? This is an opportunity to explore in more depth the concepts and ideologies that are shaping the politics of the 21st century.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. Critical thinking

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you have trouble thinking clearly, getting your ideas across or winning arguments when you’re obviously right? Come and learn how to construct arguments, defend opinions and expose logical fallacies and rhetorical ploys.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Introduction to moral philosophy

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What do ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ mean? What makes our actions right or wrong? And why should we care? We will look at the principal philosophical answers to these questions alongside engaging in philosophical analysis ourselves. No class on 15th February.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. Philosophy of mathematics 2: arithmetic

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mathematics underpins the empirical sciences that investigate the real world, yet its own subject matter is led by abstract proof. How have philosophers tackled this conundrum since the revolutions in 19th century mathematics and logic? This course assumes you are familiar with the material covered in HP103 Philosophy of Mathematics 1: geometry.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  8. Chinese philosophy: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy beyond the core Confucian tradition. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much food for thought.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. From anxiety to terror: philosophy of horror

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether real or imagined, horror erupts into everyday life at unexpected moments. From unspoken anxiety to cold terror, horror takes many forms, displacing rational thought with things that belong to what or where?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Philosophical life coaching

    Course Date: Sat 3 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Philosophical life coaching helps you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life by using insights and methods from the great thinkers. This introductory workshop will show you some of the most interesting ways it can be of help. No previous experience required.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Paradoxes

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is a liar telling the truth when he says he’s lying? Can an all-powerful being create a stone it can’t lift? Come and explore these and other paradoxes that have intrigued philosophers for centuries.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Deleuze: towards freedom

    Course Date: Wed 14 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is thought? What is creativity? Could the ways in which we encounter the world be constrained by habituated, reactive patterns of existence?
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  13. A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: 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.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  14. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some philosophers have insisted that philosophy should explain the meaning of our existence. What does it mean for us to be? And how then should we live? This course examines some seriously philosophical answers.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ideas of four key thinkers whose ideas have vitally shaped our world. Examine their views on morality, meaning, the role and status of women, human nature, political and economic injustice and much more.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

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