Philosophy: the Basics course - Tuesday evenings 29th April - 3rd June
A six-session introduction to Philosophy led by Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: the Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: the Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, The Art Question etc., and interviewer for the Philosophy Bites podcast series.
A chance to think (and drink):
Where: The Cellar, The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 3BL (a short walk from Farringdon tube station).
When: Tuesday evenings 6.30pm - 8pm 29th April - 3rd June 2014
Style: A mixture of short lectures and discussion. Class maximum size 20. No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed.
How much? £100 payable in advance using Paypal links below (concessions - full time students, OAPs and unemployed - £80 use drop down menu on Paypal button)
Topics Covered in the Course
What is Philosophy?
God Design and Evil
David Hume's Critique of the Argument from Design
Three types of Ethical Theory
Aristotle's Virtue Ethics
Kant's Deontological Theory
J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism
Sacrificing one to save many - The Trolley Problem
Peter Singer and the Life You Can Save
Mind and Body
John Searle's Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Karl Popper's Falsificationism
Thomas Kuhn on Scientific Revolutions
Plato on Censorship
The Aesthetic Status of Forgeries
There is no compulsory reading for this course. You might find some of the books below useful.
Thomas Nagel What Does It All Mean? (Oxford University Press)
Nigel Warburton Philosophy: The Basics 5th edn (Routledge)
Nigel Warburton A Little History of Philosophy (Yale University Press)
Julian Baggini The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten, and 99 Other Thought Experiments (Granta)
Stephen Law The Philosophy Gym (Headline)
David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton (ed) Philosophy Bites (Oxford University Press)
David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton (eds) Philosophy Bites Back (Oxford University Press).
For more detailed suggestions about introductory reading in Philosophy, see this interview for Five Books