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. Focus on Japan: J-pop idols from the outside in

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In recent years J-pop has produced a wide range of female ‘idol’ groups, which bear a complex, reflexive relation to the very idea of the ‘idol’. How might we think about this phenomenon from an outside-in global perspective?

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Focus on Japan: religion and nothingness

    Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the relationship between nihilism (meaninglessness) and ‘emptiness’ (shunyata) in Keiji Nishitani's major work, 'Religion and Nothingness'.

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Understanding the modern world

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. Existentialism and the arts

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Existentialist themes of anxiety, anguish, dread, freedom, melancholy, loneliness, death and absurdity pervade the arts from the era of Romanticism onwards. What is the cultural significance and consequence of giving expression to such concerns?

    NB: no classes on 6th and 27th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  5. Philosophy and the meaning of life

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  6. Aesthetics: art and anti-art

    Aesthetics: art and anti-art

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bringing philosophy together with art criticism, sociology and cultural anthropology, this course examines answers from a range of thinkers to two basic questions: 'What is art?' and 'Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?'.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. The symmetry of things

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Symmetry lies close to the heart of art, design, science and nature. This introductory level course embeds the abstract study of this subject in the arts and sciences, providing an accessible taste of modern mathematics.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  8. Philosophy and the self

    Philosophy and the self

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is the self? Do you have a true self and false selves? Is there perhaps no such thing as the self? This course explores the problem of personal identity from philosophical, sociological and psychological points of view.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  9. Phenomenology of time

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is time? We use the term daily but its meaning proves elusive. This intermediate level course starts from the idea that we must commence any analysis of time from the first-person point of view.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. Kierkegaard and the possibility of God

    Course Date: Sat 8 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    God forms an almost absent background to Kierkegaard’s philosophy. Does he – or any of us – need God in order to have faith?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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