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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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’?
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.
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.
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.