The present course is full and we cannot accept new students on it — but we might run another course in the new year. Please keep an eye on the website for news.
This ten week course is an accessible introduction to philosophy, and will engage with some of the traditional, deep questions that have always been with us. As the course progresses, you will question the basis of knowledge, examine the nature of the mind, explore notions of the self and puzzles surrounding the persistence of persons over time, question the nature of morality and moral responsibility, grapple with questions about what makes a good life, and think about what it means to organise society justly and fairly. These themes will be explored from both a historical and a contemporary perspective, aiming to provide a broad overview of philosophical traditions, while also providing the opportunity for in-depth discussion on a range of specific themes and ideas.
The course will be taken by Dr. Nadine Elzein, a lecturer at University College Oxford, who has previously held posts at King’s College London, Southampton, Wadham College Oxford, and University College London.
The course is free but places are limited to those who subscribe to one or both of the Institute’s journals, Philosophy and Think — if you’re not a subscriber but want to take part, by all means subscribe now. Absolutely no background in philosophy is presupposed. As numbers are limited to 25, we hope that only people who can endeavour to make every session will apply to take part.
The sessions start on 1 October from 5.30 – 7 pm, in the main lecture hall, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR.
To reserve a space on the course, email firstname.lastname@example.org.