Cropped image of painting called hilosophy by Raphael

"Philosophy should quicken life, not deaden it." - Susan Glaspell

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Mondays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: January to July
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Tutors: Matthew Rowe
  • Fees TBA
  • Location TBA

On this course we will be introduced to the ideas, lives and social contexts of some of the greatest philosophers in human history.

Beginning with the idea of philosophy itself, and the changes in the definition of philosophy over the centuries, the course will focus on the works of a number of key historical and more contemporary philosophers. It will examine some of the key concepts philosophers have sought to address, their relationship to the societies in which they lived, and their influence on social thought and action, as well as their impact on subsequent thinkers.

Philosophers studied might range from Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, to Kant, Nietzsche and Langer, amongst others, and students will be encouraged to consider the work of historical and contemporary philosophers in light of their own experiences, and to address the question whether philosophy is still relevant in our lives today.

The course is aimed at complete beginners, and so no previous knowledge of philosophy is necessary.

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