Philosophy & Mathematical Explorations Courses in London

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. Philosophy of art

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why do we value art? For the pleasure it gives us, the emotion it expresses, its truthfulness, its form? In this introduction to the philosophy of art we will consider various approaches to these questions and others.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  3. Chinese philosophy in a nutshell

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much to ponder.
    Full fee: £69.00

  4. Introduction to philosophy

    Introduction to philosophy

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This problem-based introduction to philosophy explores key themes of modern philosophy, including truth, knowledge, ultimate reality and the mind-body problem.
    Full fee: £229.00

  5. Phenomenology: an introduction

    New
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Phenomenology, one of the most influential approaches in contemporary philosophy, asks: how do we constitute experienced reality? Following Husserl and Heidegger, phenomenologists try to understand what it means, if anything, to be in the world.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  6. Alchemy as philosophy

    New
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Meet the alchemists, astrologers, Cabbalists proto-philosophers and almost-scientists of the 16th century. On this course you will read their own words and explore their cultural and historical context.
    Full fee: £219.00

  7. Philosophy for the guilty

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    What can philosophy offer us once we have transgressed, fallen or sinned? You could say that philosophy only truly comes alive to us once we have betrayed our own values. Only then are we ready for philosophy's interrogation.
    Full fee: £89.00

  8. Introduction to political philosophy

    Introduction to political philosophy

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What are the ends and means of politics? Interweaving modern history and politics with key philosophical texts, study and debate the ideas, ideologies and concepts underpinning our thinking about the organisation of society.
    Full fee: £179.00

  9. Introduction to ethics

    Introduction to moral philosophy

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    What’s the right thing to do? But what does ‘right’ actually mean? And what reason do I have to do it? Join us as we grapple with these fundamental questions. No class on Tues 23rd October.
    Full fee: £199.00

  10. Spatial languages: exploring symmetry

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    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: £179.00

  11. Philosophy as literature - literature as philosophy: from existentialism to the postmodern

    New
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From existentialism to post modernism, this course will explore the developing notions of subjectivity and selfhood and the reciprocity between the literary and the philosophical.
    Full fee: £219.00

  12. Hannah Arendt: philosophy, politics and plurality

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Arendt’s examination of the existential conditions under which human beings create their political worlds, and her account of philosophical thinking as an antidote to totalitarianism, make her thought highly relevant to the 21st century.
    Full fee: £59.00

  13. Japanese philosophy in a nutshell

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Japanese philosophy extends well beyond Zen, with several philosophical traditions including that of the modern Kyoto School. Developing distinct cultural, aesthetic and political concepts, Japanese philosophers offer a rich field of thought.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This study day will examine the question of the association of women with magic and witchcraft.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. Thinking through philosophy: a guide

    New
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is morality and what is it based on? Is the mind a ghost in the machine?

    What can I really know? This is a beginner’s introduction to how philosophy tackles questions like these and many others.
    Full fee: £119.00

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