Courses

All courses running in the summer of 2021 will take place online, with live sessions taking place within the time slots indicated. Please contact the tutor for details as to how exactly each course 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 2021)

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Nietzsche

Summer Term 2021, Mondays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 19th April

Course Tutor: Mark Fielding

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) has had a tremendous influence on the Philosophy of the Twentieth century and beyond. This course covers the central elements of his thought with a focus on three main texts. In addition to his challenge to existing philosophical traditions we will also have the opportunity to consider his influence on many other areas of human thought and action. It’s suggested that you purchase the main Nietzsche texts but all readings will be provided.

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

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Problems in Philosophy

Summer Term 2021, Mondays, 13:00 – 15:00, ten weeks starting 19th April

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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Existentialism, Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

Summer Term 2021, Mondays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 19th April

Course Tutor: Keith Barrett.

We will explore the shared themes and ideas of Existentialism, Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, bringing into focus the central doctrines – and practices – of each, and highlighting both the meeting points and the possible conflicts between them. This will lead to an examination of the relationships between philosophy, psychotherapy and spirituality.

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

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History of Philosophy and Theatre in the 21st century

Summer Term 2021, Tuesdays, 11:00 – 13:00, ten weeks starting 20th 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 2021, Tuesdays, 13:30 – 15:00, ten weeks starting 20th 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 Dangerous Ideas

Summer Term 2021, Tuesdays, 15:00 – 17:00, ten weeks starting 20th 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 2021, Tuesdays, 17:30 – 19:00, ten weeks starting 27th April

Course Tutor: Shahrar Ali.

Are we genuinely capable of non-egoistic, altruistic action? What are our responsibilities to future generations? What claim do starving populations have on us? When, if at all, is torture justified? Is free speech an unconditional right? Is whistleblowing an act of greater corporate loyalty? Is lying worse than other forms of intentional deception? Should euthanasia be legalised in the UK? When is it legitimate, or required, to challenge authority? We will address these and other questions within a moral philosophical framework and test our intuitions about equality, obligation and rights.

To enrol, please email Shahrar.

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History of Philosophy 3

Summer Term 2021, Tuesdays, 19:00 – 21:00, ten weeks starting 20th 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 (Word doc) for more information.

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

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What is it Reasonable to Believe?

Summer Term 2021, Thursday, 18:00 – 20:00, ten weeks starting 22nd April

Course Tutor: John Holroyd

We shall be drawing on the thinking of Plato, Hannah Arendt, Karl Popper and Charles Taylor in order to consider what it means to be reasonable about what we believe. We shall consider what is and what is not a conspiracy theory and go on to consider how we can most reasonably form our views about politics, religion and aesthetics. We shall also critically assess reasonableness as a virtue. Course fee: £75.

To enrol, please e-mail John (johnholroyd100[at]gmail.com).

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