Philosophy

shutterstock_328313705Philosophy courses are stimulating and enjoyable courses covering the major philosophical trends and contributions made by the great minds of our time.

Keep your mind active, challenge your ideas about the world around us and see the meaning of our existence from different perspectives.

Some courses will run as online courses and some will start at Stoke Lodge. You can see the starting venue/format for each course listed below. We reserve the right to change the format of the course, in term, should safety advice change.


Introduction to Philosophy – Part 1

The course will introduce key topics from the history of philosophy, and from current philosophical debates. We will study the theory of knowledge and ethics, starting with the ancient Greek philosophers and ending in the Middle Ages.  The course is for people who have little or no experience of philosophy, but are curious and keen to know more.

  • Thursdays 7pm to 9pm Leopold Chaligha
  • 12 sessions 7 January£168/£102 PH2 : Online 

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Introduction to Philosophy – Part 2

This course will follow on from Part 1, dealing with rationalism including Descartes, Empiricism and philosophy of mind including David Hume, contemporary realism and relativism.  Students can join this course without having attended Part 1.

  • Fridays 10am to 12noon Leopold Chaligha
  • 12 sessions  8 January£168/£102 PH2 : Online (NB no 1/2 term break on 16 Feb)

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NEW Introduction to Philosophy – Part 4B

This is a fascinating course which will explore influential philosophical conceptions such as the Socratic legacy over the centuries, Postmodernism, Individualism in the context of Theism and Nihilism, Communism and Pluralism. Join the debate about our existential being in the world, its meaning and how these ideas have captured intellectual imagination and shaped human lives across the globe. Keep questioning your knowledge of reality and explore the unknown from various perspectives.  Students can join this course without having attended Part 1 and / or 2 and  / or 3, but it would be an advantage to have completed part 1 – 3.

  • Thursdays  10am – 12noon  Leopold Chaligha 
  • 12 sessions  7 January £168 / £102   PH4 : Online

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NEW Philosophy for life

This course will be an opportunity to examine from interesting perspectives current issues such as globalisation, ecology or social media. We will read short texts relevant to the topics and discuss them as an invitation to think about current human problems.

  • Mondays  9.45am – 11.45am  Gorka Diaz
  • 5 sessions  22 February £70 / £42   PL3 : Stoke Lodge

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