Courses

As things currently stand, nearly all 2022-2023 courses will be taking place 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.

Autumn Term (September – November 2022)

Spring Term (January – March 2023)

Summer Term (April – July 2023)

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How to think about the Mind

Autumn Term 2022, Mondays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 26th September

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Mark Fielding

One of the most relevant and fascinating areas of recent Philosophy has concerned the nature of the Mind. Philosophers, neuroscientists, computer engineers, and many other disciplines have joined to address this problem. This short course sets out the principle arguments about the mind, beginning with Descartes claim that the mind is a separate sort of stuff from matter, and ending with those who think there is no such thing.

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

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Formal Logic 1

Autumn Term 2022, Mondays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 26th September

Course Tutor: Sam Fremantle

Via Zoom.

A gentle but stimulating introduction to symbolic logic suitable for complete beginners. This course will teach students how to translate arguments written in natural languages (such as English) into logic and then to evaluate their validity, using a pictorial approach based on foreign language teaching developed in Sam Guttenplan’s Languages of Logic. Sentential (or propositional) deduction and truth tables will be covered.

To enrol, please e-mail Sam (sam[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).

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Problems in Philosophy

Autumn Term 2022, Mondays, 13:00 – 15:00, ten weeks starting 26th September

Via Zoom.

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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Introduction to Philosophy 1

Autumn Term 2022, Mondays, 17:00 – 19:00, ten weeks starting 26th September

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Jane O’Grady.

This is a general Introduction to Philosophy based on the individual course of the same name which is part of the University of London International Programme in Philosophy. The programme of study is tailored to the subject-centred approach based around this text.

The programme is split into two stand alone courses, running this term and next. The first deals with Mind, Knowledge and World; the second deals with Meaning, Morality, and Art.

Should students wish to prepare for the University of London examination, each tutor is able to offer additional support covering the processes of writing essays. This is available at additional cost. Please contact Jane for more information.

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

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Heidegger, Deep Ecology and the Environment

Autumn Term 2022, Mondays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 26th September

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Keith Barrett.

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

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Classical Greek Tragedy and Philosophy 1

Autumn Term 2022, Tuesdays, 11:00 – 13:000, ten weeks starting 27th September

Via Zoom and in Conway Hall

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

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

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Frankfurt School Reading Group

Autumn Term 2022, Tuesdays, time to be arranged, ten weeks starting 27th September

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

An interactive reading group.

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

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Conceptions of “Health”

Autumn Term 2022, Tuesdays, 15:00 – 17:00, ten weeks starting 27th September

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

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

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Contemporary Problems in Applied Ethics

Autumn Term 2022, Tuesdays, 17:00 – 18:30, ten weeks starting 4th October

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Shahrar Ali.

Building on the popular course Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics, can be taken as a successor or in its own right. Dr Shahrar Ali will cover ten contemporary problems framed as philosophical debates. Topics include:

• Is Capital punishment justified?
• Should vaccinations be made compulsory?
• How should sex and gender be distinguished?
• Is racial profiling permissible?
• Should prostitution or pornography be prohibited?
• Is whistleblowing an act of loyalty?

To enrol, please email Shahrar.

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History of Western Philosophy 1

Autumn Term 2022, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 27th September

Via Zoom.

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 (this term) runs from the ancient Greeks to John Locke; Part 2 runs from Spinoza to Schopenhauer; Part 3 runs from Nietzsche to now. You can join any or all of these courses. See course-outline 1 (pdf) for more information.

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

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Derrida

Autumn Term 2022, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 27th September

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Mark Fielding

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was a controversial, but hugely influential, Philosopher whose works have challenged accepted understanding of the subject across the academic world, and beyond. This course charts the development of his thought, from the earliest writings to his final work in politics and ethics. The approach is to examine a key text each week so that, by the end, we will have a sense of the ways in which his approaches to problems have developed.

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

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Sartre

Spring Term 2023, Mondays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 16th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Mark Fielding

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

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Formal Logic 2

Spring Term 2023, Mondays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 16th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Sam Fremantle

A continuation of Formal Logic 1, developing translation of more complex natural language arguments into predicate (or propositional) logic. Only suitable for those who have completed Logic 1 or have elsewhere acquired knowledge of the subjects covered there. The course also offers a brief glimpse into Modal Logic, and the question of why it is needed.

To enrol, please e-mail Sam (sam[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).

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The Problematic Self: Identity, Embodiment, Sex and Sincerity

Spring Term 2023, Mondays, 13:00 – 15:00, ten weeks starting 16th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Jane O’Grady.

This course will deal with the following topics: the history and geography of the self; the embodied self; sincerity and the self; the social self; the biological self: sex, gender and transgender. See the attached pdf document for more details and a reading list.

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

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German Idealism Reading Group

Spring Term 2023, Mondays, 15:00 – 17:00, ten weeks starting 16th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Meade McCloughan.

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

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Introduction to Philosophy 2

Spring Term 2023, Mondays, 17:00 – 19:00, ten weeks starting 16th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Jane O’Grady.

This is a general Introduction to Philosophy based on the individual course of the same name which is part of the University of London International Programme in Philosophy. The programme of study is tailored to the subject-centred approach based around this text.

The programme is split into two stand alone courses. This term deals with Meaning, Morality, and Art.

Should students wish to prepare for the University of London examination, each tutor is able to offer additional support covering the processes of writing essays. This is available at additional cost. Please contact Jane for more information.

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

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Locke versus Rousseau: Two Visions of Modernity

Spring Term 2023, Mondays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 16th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Keith Barrett.

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

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Fichte and Romanticism

Spring Term 2023, Mondays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 16th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Meade McCloughan.

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

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Classical Greek Tragedy and Philosophy 2

Spring Term 2023, Tuesdays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 17th January

Via Zoom and in Conway Hall

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

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

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Frankfurt School Reading Group

Spring Term 2023, Tuesdays, time to be arranged, ten weeks starting 17th January

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

An interactive reading group.

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

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Philosophies of Death

Spring Term 2023, Tuesdays, 15:00 – 17:00, ten weeks starting 17th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

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

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Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Spring Term 2023, Tuesdays, 17:00 – 18:30, ten weeks starting 24th January

Via Zoom.

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 2

Spring Term 2023, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 17th January

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 (this term) runs from Spinoza to Schopenhauer; Part 3 runs from Nietzsche to now. You can join any or all of these courses. See course-outline 2 (pdf) for more information.

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

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Heidegger

Spring Term 2023, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 17th January

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Mark Fielding

Martin Heidegger is amongst the most influential and important thinkers of the 20th Century. The first part of the course covers his magnum opus, Being and Time (1927). We then move on to consider his later writings on technology, art, and language.

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

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Wittgenstein

Summer Term 2023, Mondays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 24th April

Via Zoom.

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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Problems in Philosophy

Summer Term 2023, Mondays, 13:00 – 15:00, ten weeks starting 24th April

Via Zoom.

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 2023, Mondays, 15:00 – 17:00, ten weeks starting 24th April

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Meade McCloughan.

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

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Existentialism, Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

Summer Term 2023, Mondays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 24th April

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Keith Barrett.

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

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Hegel’s Political Philosophy

Summer Term 2023, Mondays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 24th April

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Meade McCloughan.

Apologist for the Prussian state? Proto-totalitarian? Or liberal? This course will cut through the misconceptions and present Hegel’s political philosophy in its full complexity and subtlety, by means of a close reading of his Philosophy of Right (1821). In the process, we will be able to decide whether and to what extent we agree with Hegel’s famous claim that “what is rational is actual; what is actual is rational”.

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

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Of Poets and Philosophers

Summer Term 2023, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 25th April

Via Zoom and in Conway Hall

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

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

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Frankfurt School Reading Group

Summer Term 2023, Tuesdays, time to be arranged, ten weeks starting 25th April

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

An interactive reading group.

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

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“Fear” in Philosophy

Summer Term 2023, Tuesdays, 15:00 – 17:00, ten weeks starting 25th April

Via Zoom

Course Tutor: Anja Steinbauer.

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

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Contemporary Problems in Applied Ethics

Summer Term 2023, Tuesdays, 17:00 – 18:30, ten weeks starting 2nd May

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Shahrar Ali.

Building on the popular course Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics, can be taken as a successor or in its own right. Dr Shahrar Ali will cover ten contemporary problems framed as philosophical debates. Topics include:

• Is Capital punishment justified?
• Should vaccinations be made compulsory?
• How should sex and gender be distinguished?
• Is racial profiling permissible?
• Should prostitution or pornography be prohibited?
• Is whistleblowing an act of loyalty?

To enrol, please email Shahrar.

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History of Western Philosophy 3

Summer Term 2023, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 25th April

Via Zoom.

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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Foucault

Summer Term 2023, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 25th April

Via Zoom.

Course Tutor: Mark Fielding

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

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