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. Philosophy as literature - literature as philosophy: from existentialism to the postmodern

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From existentialism to post modernism, this course will explore the developing notions of subjectivity and selfhood and the reciprocity between the literary and the philosophical.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  2. Hannah Arendt: philosophy, politics and plurality

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Arendt’s examination of the existential conditions under which human beings create their political worlds, and her account of philosophical thinking as an antidote to totalitarianism, make her thought highly relevant to the 21st century.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Japanese philosophy in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Oct 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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Thinking through philosophy: a guide

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  6. Buddhism in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As an ‘atheistic’ religion, Buddhism offers a way beyond the natural unsatisfactoriness of human life not by abandoning living in this world but rather by giving it a new ‘enlightened’ meaning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020 (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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Confucianism in a nutshell

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    ‘If one learns from others but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril.’ Confucius, ‘Analects 2.15’.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Being in the world: Heidegger's philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “The being of 'being' is itself not a being”. Questioning the meaning of ‘Being’ lies at the root of Heidegger’s critique of the ‘crisis’ of Western culture that his philosophy sought to overcome.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. Great thinkers

    The great philosophers

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (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

  11. Philosophy and psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud

    Philosophy and psychoanalysis

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    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

  12. The fantastical Baroque

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter some of the strangest texts of 17th century Europe. Journey to the moon; get lost in a labyrinth of ideas; measure divine proportions and human emotions; wrestle with Montaigne, Bacon, Descartes and Milton.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    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

  14. Critical thinking

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    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

  15. Philosophy of love and sex

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    At first, the philosopher and the lover seem unnatural bedfellows. The philosopher’s lucidity talks past the lover’s intoxication. But could they be companions? What wisdom can the philosopher take from the lover?
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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