Course overview

The course will briefly introduce the principal ideas of a selection of philosophers and apply these to the discussion of the news headlines and the controversies that lie behind them. This course will encourage discussion and sharing of ideas about current affairs and will involve reflecting on how to make philosophy a part of this discussion.

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to discuss news stories which they have chosen to focus on. The tutor will facilitate discussion and relate this to ideas from Philosophy. If you are interested in exploring different responses to headline stories please join us. The course does not require any previous experience in Philosophy. Key ideas will be introduced by the tutor ranging from famous quotations to theories developed in political and moral philosophy. Resources, ranging from podcasts to newspaper articles, will be used by the tutor to develop our understanding of both philosophical ideas and issues in current affairs. The course is for both returning students and those who wish to join us. Each week is different as we consider new stories and how they are presented in the media. Some key philosophical concepts are returned to but we always aim to develop our understanding by applying philosophy to new material. Agreement with the philosophy presented is not required just a willingness to engage or listen to discussion in the group.

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