Courses

All Summer term courses (April – July 2022) will be taking place running online. Please contact the tutor for further details as to how exactly their courses will operate. Registration fees will standardly be either £125, £100 or £75, depending on the nature of the course; tutors also have the discretion to offer a concessionary reduction of £20. In other respects, the details given at enrolment still apply.

Summer Term (April – July 2022)

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Hellenistic Philosophy

Summer Term 2022, Mondays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 25th April

Course Tutor: Mark Fielding

The period following the initial eruption of Philosophical invention is often neglected. This course covers the main schools and the related developments in philosophical thought which introduced many profound considerations into questions of how we live our lives and provides a crucial link between the Greek and Christian conceptions of our world.

The main text will be Hellenistic Philosophy by John Sellars (OUP 2018).

See the course outline (Word document) for more information.

To enrol, please e-mail Mark (mark[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).

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Problems in Philosophy

Summer Term 2022, Mondays, 13:00 – 15:00, ten weeks starting 9th May

Course Tutor: Jane O’Grady.

In what circumstances would you save the lives of five people by letting one person die? How free are you? Are you the same person you were twenty years ago? In any case, who on earth are you? This course will consist of debating these and other philosophical questions and thought experiments.

To enrol, please e-mail Jane (jane[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).

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German Idealism Reading Group

Summer Term 2022, Mondays, 16:00 – 17:30, ten weeks starting 9th May

Course Tutor: Meade McCloughan.

This year, we will be reading the texts Schelling and Hegel wrote for the Critical Journal of Philosophy (1802-1803).

To enrol, please e-mail Meade (meade[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).

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Sexuality and Gender from Freud to Judith Butler

Summer Term 2022, Mondays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 25th April

Course Tutor: Keith Barrett.

To enrol, please e-mail Keith (keith[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).

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Philosophical Aesthetics 3

Summer Term 2022, Tuesdays, 11:00 – 13:000, ten weeks starting 26th April

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

To enrol, please e-mail Anja (anja[at]philosophynow.org).

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Frankfurt School Reading Group

Summer Term 2022, Tuesdays, 13:30 – 15:00, ten weeks starting 26th April

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

An interactive reading group.

To enrol, please e-mail Anja (anja[at]philosophynow.org).

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Philosophy of Social Science

Summer Term 2022, Tuesdays, 15:00 – 17:00, ten weeks starting 26th April

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

To enrol, please e-mail Anja (anja[at]philosophynow.org).

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Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Summer Term 2022, Tuesdays, 17:00 – 18:30, ten weeks starting 3rd May

Course Tutor: Shahrar Ali.

This synchronous online course can be taken alongside the popular course Contemporary Problems in Applied Ethics or in its own right. By the end of the course, the student will have been introduced to the main theories of moral philosophy and key moral concepts and should be able to apply them to some practical cases. Topics covered include:

What is just war?
When is torture justified, if ever?
Should euthanasia be legalised in the UK?
What is the appropriate trade-off between free speech and censorship?

To enrol, please email Shahrar.

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History of Western Philosophy 3

Summer Term 2022, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 26th April

Course Tutor: Jane O’Grady.

‘What’s it all about then, guv?’ a taxi driver asked Bertrand Russell. This course gives a chronological survey of some the great Western philosophers who have formulated, and tried to solve, enduring puzzles – what reality is, who we are, how we should live. It traces the ongoing argument, and invites your contributions to it. Part 1 runs from the ancient Greeks to John Locke; Part 2 runs from Spinoza to Schopenhauer; Part 3 (this term) runs from Nietzsche to now. You can join any or all of these courses. See course-outline 3 (pdf) for more information.

To enrol, please e-mail Jane (jane[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).

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Wittgenstein

Summer Term 2022, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 26th April

Course Tutor: Mark Fielding

Ludwig Wittgenstein is one of a very select number of philosophers who transformed the subject in the twentieth century. The course follows the development from his work in the foundations of mathematics which led to the Tractatus and continues through the middle period in which he largely rejected the view of language it contains. The remainder of the course focuses on the final stages of his thought contained in Philosophical Investigations and in On Certainty.

See the course outline (Word document) for more information.

To enrol, please e-mail Mark (mark[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).

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