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. French weekend: Are we still Postmodern? Revisiting Lyotard’s 'The Postmodern Condition'

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course offers a chance to read and critically assess one of the founding texts of 'postmodernism'. Forty years on, can it tell us anything about our present condition and our own attempts to understand it?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Philosophy of art

    Course Date: Sun 15 Jul 2018
    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

  3. Euclidean geometry

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover one of the key mathematical texts through drawing. Working with ruler and compass, we will construct a geometry and come to understand why it set the standard for truth and proof for two millennia.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  4. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018 (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

  5. Philosophy and history of mathematics: a brief introduction

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mathematics is one of humanity's great achievements. Explore fundamental ideas about logic, geometry and numbers in early Greek thought and discover modern debates about how maths underpins science. This course can be taken alone or as an introduction to the philosophy and maths courses running in 2018-19.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  6. Beyond the human: exploring philosophy of artificial intelligence and life

    Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The fields of synthetic biology and artificial life are merging with artificial intelligence to put our conceptions of what it is to be human in doubt. What are the consequences of thinking ‘beyond the human’?
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. Spanish weekend: Geometry and design in Moorish Spain

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore geometry as an art form. Construct the designs found in the Alhambra (Granada) using ruler and compass.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Look back in wonder: hauntology and the return of the future

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for anyone interested in learning about hauntology, primarily as it is theorised in the work of Mark Fisher.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Introduction to philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. Buddhist philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Impermanence is the root of human suffering.' Over hundreds of years a highly developed philosophy grew from this simple idea. However, one does not need to adopt a religious outlook to benefit from Buddhist philosophy.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  11. Philosophy with Jorge Luis Borges

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We take an imaginative route through ancient, medieval and contemporary philosophy by following the paths

    sketched by Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges. Our guide will be a collection of his short 'fictions' translated into

    English, Labyrinths (Penguin books). In this course we will look at one or two stories each week and discuss the

    philosophical themes they invoke.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  12. Introduction to political philosophy

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  13. Introduction to moral philosophy

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. Philosophy of space

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can space be finite without having a boundary? Could a spacecraft travel in a straight line and end up back where it started? Consider these questions, and more, journey that will take you from the medieval world to modern maths and science.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  15. Philosophy and literature: romaniticism to existentialism

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the crossover between philosophy and literature from the Romantic era to existentialism.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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