Philosophy & Literature Courses

Western Philosophy: Early C19th [four week course]

25th August 

until 29th 

September 2022.

Thursday 1pm until 2.30pm BST [12:00 until 13:30 UTC]

In addition to the socio-political upheaval of this period, other major changes in philosophy were occurring. Through his ‘dialectic’, Hegel sought to understand the historical process, Schopenhauer re-evaluated the work of Kant by incorporating Eastern thought, and Kierkegaard explored the concepts of anxiety and freedom. 

Lazy Philosopher's Guide to Religion & Atheism [seven week course]

30th August 

until 1st 

November 2022.

Tuesdays 7pm until 8.30pm BST [18:00 until 19:30 UTC]

Does religion still play an important part in Western societies?  Taking inspiration from Alain de Botton’s book, Religion for Atheists, this course will begin by laying down the foundations of the philosophy of religion before exploring what religion can still contribute to a modern society, from an atheist’s point of view.

Western Philosophy: Later C19th [three week course]

20th October 

until 10th 

November 2022.

Thursday 1pm until 2.30pm BST [12:00 until 13:30 UTC]

The new rights and possibilities, made salient in the early part of the 19th Century, engender new philosophical problems which emerge in the latter part of the 19th Century. Thoreau contemplates non-cooperation, William James brings American ‘Pragmatism’ to bear on the Western philosophical tradition, and Nietzsche reflects upon the moral void created by the death of God. 

Philosophy: But is it Art? [six week course]

2nd November 

until 21st 

December 2022.

Wednesdays 7pm until 8.30pm GMT [19:00 until 20:30 UTC]

What is art? What is the difference between Tracey Emin's My Bed and Botticelli's The Birth of Venus?  Have we reached a stage where almost anything can be called art?  This course will explore some of the theories used to help us define art, including idealist theory, significant form and the institutional theory.