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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Japanese philosophy in a nutshell

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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