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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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 propositional logic and then to evaluate their validity using the rules of deduction. Propositional logic and truth tables will be covered. The course textbook is Paul Tomassi’s Logic.

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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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.

The course will explore the philosophy of Martin Heidegger through the lens of the crisis of human destruction of the natural environment.

Heidegger developed a powerful analysis of Western thought as containing within itself tendencies which would inevitably lead to environmental destruction – but his philosophy is designed to show us how to overcome these tendencies, and arrive at the basis of a new relationship between humanity and the natural world.

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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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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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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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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Contemporary Problems in Applied Ethics

Spring Term 2023, Saturdays, 10.00-11.30am, ten weeks starting 14 January (except 14 Feb)

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 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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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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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

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”. This course will feature pre-recorded lectures and live discussion sessions (via Zoom).

To enrol, please e-mail Meade (meade.mccloughan[at]gmail.com).

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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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