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Philosophy - the basics
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Philosophy: The Basics

28th January 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Philosophy: The Basics
28th January 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Philosophy: The Basics

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Philosophy: The Basics

A six-session introductory course

Led by Nigel Warburton

This course will cover six areas of philosophy through a mixture of lecture and group discussion. No prior knowledge of philosophy is assumed. Although topic-driven, there will be discussion of some key philosophers, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, René Descartes, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, J.S. Mill, Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, and the contemporary philosophers John Searle and Peter Singer.

Week OneWhat is Philosophy?

God, Design, Evil: David Hume’s critique of the Argument from Design

Week TwoRight and Wrong

Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, J.S. Mill

Week ThreePractical Ethics

Sacrificing One to Save Many (the Trolley Problem)

Peter Singer and The Life You Can Save  

Week FourMind

René Descartes

John Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

Week FiveScience

Karl Popper on Conjecture and Refutation

Thomas Kuhn on Scientific Revolutions

Week SixArt

Plato on Censorship

The Aesthetic Status of Forgeries

Nigel Warburton is author of Philosophy: The Basics, A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: The Classics, Thinking from A to Z, The Art Question, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, and a number of other books on philosophy. He is the interviewer for the popular Philosophy Bites podcast (www.philosophybites.com), which has been downloaded over 18 million times. His twitter feed @philosophybites has featured in both The Independent and Sunday Times top 100 Tweeters lists. He is a frequent contributor to BBC radio programmes, and regularly teaches courses on aesthetics at Tate Modern. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and has held lectureships at both Nottingham University and The Open University.

Tuesday evenings, Bertrand Russell Room, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 28th January – 4th March 2014.

Course fee: £100 (payable in advance via the website)

For further information contact Nigel Warburton: nigelwarburton@aol.com




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