Photograph of Greg Artus teaching philosophy

"Philosophy was fantastic.... It was taught by Greg Artus. Amazing course" - Student in 2018 (anonymous feedback)

Information at a Glance

  • Daytime (Lunchtime Learning) Class
  • Tuesdays 13:00 - 13:50
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • 50 minutes taught time per week
  • Tutor: Gregory Artus (Greg)
  • Fees from £58 to £100
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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Philosophy is about trying to understand who we are, what other people are and how we live our lives. It is about the nature of reality and the nature of morality, logic and truth. It is about how we think and about how we might use the processes of thought to shape our lives. In fact, the range of philosophical thought is immense, and so on this short lunchtime course we will only begin to scratch the surface.

Despite that we aim to be ambitious, looking at some of the big ideas that shape our lives, such as how should we live our lives, what is good and evil, how do we know the world is as it seems to us, and what is the relation between the mind and the body? Some of the questions we may address will be:

  • It is becoming a commonplace to hear people say that we now live in a post-truth world, but what does this mean, and what is to say of some claim that it is true? Can ever know the truth?
  • We are all faced with moral dilemmas of many kinds every day, from whether to tell a friend an uncomfortable truth, to life changing questions about how we ought to live our lives. But what is it to say of some choice that it is the right one? What is the difference between right and wrong, and how are we to know the difference between good and evil?
  • We are continually being told that machines are intelligent and that conscious machines are just around the corner, but what is it to say of something that it is conscious?  What is a mind and what is a thought? And how are we to find a place for the mind in the world of purely physical things described by the natural sciences?

During the 10 weeks of this lunchtime course our tutor, Greg Artus will introduce us to philosophical ideas that have occupied the thoughts of some of the world's greatest thinkers, and encourage us to test them against our own beliefs and experiences.

The class format will involve an introduction to philosophical ideas by the tutor. It will also be an interactive class, so you will be encouraged to take part in the, sometimes lively, debates.

No academic qualifications or previous experience of philosophy is necessary and this beginners' adult education class is open to all.

Course Information

Course Programme

Provisional Course Programme

(may be subject to change or modification depending upon the direction in which students wish to take the discussion)

  1. What is philosophy and what is it to analyse an issue from a philosophical perspective?
  2. The foundations of knowledge and the long search for the truth about our world.
  3. Can science ever be completed?
  4. What is the relation between mind and body?
  5. How can my mere thoughts cause me to do anything at all?
  6. Can machines ever be conscious?
  7. Do we have free-will?
  8. What is morality?
  9. How can we know what is the right thing to do?
  10. Is there such a thing a human nature, and is it fundamentally selfish?

Additional Reading

There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course, but if you are interested in reading more on the subject you might enjoy:

  • Edward Craid, (2002) Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press
  • Blackburn, S. (1999) Think, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Blackburn, S. (2001) Being Good, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Hospers, J. (1997) An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis, London, Routledge,

Your Tutor

Photograph of Greg Artus

Greg Artus is a philosopher who teaches a range of philosophy courses at Imperial, mainly on the Horizons undergraduate programme, where he teaches introduction to philosophy, moral philosophy and the philosophy of mind. He also teaches research ethics, business ethics and epistemology to Phd and Masters Students, and philosophy of medicine to medical students.  His particular research interests are meta ethics, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, machine ethics, phenomenology and process philosophy.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
10  10  £100    
£58    
£77    
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

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Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 10  10 n/a 13 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (10 weeks) n/a
 

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 18 November

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
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  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
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Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% (8) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course via email directly from the registration program.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the tutor, Greg Artus at g.artus@imperial.ac.uk