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From exploring some of the biggest controversies in philosophy, to examining the great moral issues in contemporary society, our small class sizes ensure you can immerse yourself in the subject in a supportive and friendly environment.

You’ll have the opportunity to tackle some of life's big questions and critique the work of some of the most well-respected philosophers that have emerged in society. Whether you’re examining the works of Plato, or debating some of Aristotle’s most significant findings, all that’s left to decide is which course is right for you.   

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Philosophy: Great Modern Philosophers

Western philosophy begins with the ancient Greeks in the 6th century BCE. It includes three principal periods: Ancient Greek, Medieval, and Modern. This short course considers the Modern period. (The Modern period begins in the 17th century with the great French philosopher, Rene Descartes.) It considers some of the key elements in the thought of some of the great philosophers of this period. These philosophers are Descartes, Leibniz, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Wittgenstein. These philosophers are concerned with a wide range of issues including knowledge, language, the world, and God. No prior specialist knowledge is required to attend this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 08/05/2024
Times:
10:45am - 12:45pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Leighton Buzzard Theatre Lounge (Leighto
Lake Street
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 1RX
Tutor:
Karim Esmail
Course code:
Q00013644
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
£58.80

Philosophy: The Problem of Evil

Does God exist? Well, the existence of evil (viz. pain, suffering, …) in the world has been considered by many to be problematic for the claim that God exists. This course considers this issue rationally and rigorously. It considers a number of key things: (i) the classical variety of the problem, viz. the logical problem of evil ; (ii) an influential response which has been given to it by an American philosopher, Alvin Plantinga ; (iii) and some explanations of the existence of evil in a world created by God. No prior specialist knowledge is required to attend this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
The Cornerstone (Wokingham)
Norreys Avenue
Wokingham
RG40 1UE
Tutor:
Karim Esmail
Course code:
Q00013766
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.00

Philosophy: Behind the Headlines

The workshop 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 workshop 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 Information

Dates:
Sat 01/06/2024 -
Sat 01/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Mary's University (Twickenham)
Waldegrave Road
Twickenham
TW1 4SX
Tutor:
Daniel Williams
Course code:
Q00014358
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
£40.00

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