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. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 8 Sep 2018 (and 2 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: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  2. Introduction to philosophy

    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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Introduction to political philosophy

    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Cryptocurrencies: a new philosophy of money?

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From a philosophical/conceptual perspective, the ways in which cryptocurrencies affect the understanding of money and the potential (highly speculative!) economic, political and cultural consequences.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Thinking through philosophy: a guide

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Philosophy and history of mathematics: a brief introduction

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    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 other philosophy and maths courses.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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