Detail of the painting the School of Athens by Raphael

What's it all about, Alfie?” – Burt Bacharach

Information at a Glance

  • Daytime (Lunchtime Learning) class
  • Mondays 13:00 - 13:50
  • 50 minutes taught time per week
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • Tutor: Matthew Rowe
  • Fees from £105
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington

Lunchtime Philosophy is a beginners' course into the big ideas. Ideas such as how should we live our lives, what is good and evil, how do we know the world is real and what makes an object beautiful or ugly?

During the ten weeks of this lunchtime course our tutor, Matthew Rowe, will introduce us to these and other difficult ideas that have occupied the thoughts of some of the world's greatest philosophers.

It is not possible to enrol on this course yet, but we can let you know when registration opens if you join our mailing list.

Course Information

Course Programme

Details to be announced shortly.

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, Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2002

Your Tutor

Photograph of Matthew RoweDr Matthew Rowe is an extremely experienced and engaging teacher of philosophy, as well as being a practising philosopher in his own right.

His interests lie in aesthetics, the philosophy of art and relationship between artistic practice and art theory. He is primarily a writer, although he also engages in solo and collaborative visual art practises when appropriate.

His current writing research focusses on site speficity within artisitic production and issues surrounding morality and photography. Current writing projects include an essay on John Waters and a philosophical analysis of irony and sincerity.

As well as teaching at Imperial College London, Matthew also lectures at City and Guilds of London Art School.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Programme Manager for Evening classes, Dr Michael Paraskos at