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. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019 (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

  2. Phenomenology: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. Philosophy and psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud

    Philosophy and psychoanalysis

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Great thinkers

    The great philosophers

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  6. Reason in the computation age

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How has the invention of the modern programmable computer altered our understanding of reason? This advanced course looks at the history of attempts to mechanise thought culminating with contemporary artificial intelligence, machine learning and information science.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Critical thinking

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Philosophy of time and change

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we understand time objectively? This intermediate level course is an introduction to scientific and mathematical accounts of time and change in a historical context, from ancient paradoxes to contemporary theoretical physics.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  9. Introduction to ethics

    Introduction to moral philosophy

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    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 19th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. Philosophical life coaching

    Course Date: Sat 2 Feb 2019
    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. Neo-Daoism

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Neo-Daoism (Xuanxue, ’dark study’) aimed at unlocking the mystery of the Dao (‘Way’) to achieve human flourishing and even immortality.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Neo-Confucianism

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Neo-Confucianism attempted to situate Confucian thought in a wider practical and ethical context by drawing on elements of Buddhism and Daoism and applying itself to worldy affairs.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Mirror on the wall: an introduction to philosophy through art

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course rearranges the cultural kitchen – placing Picasso beside Plato, Rubens beside Rousseau and Monet beside Montaigne – to ask questions of universal urgency: the value of pleasure, the limits of judgement and what it means to be human.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  14. 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

  15. 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

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