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 One: What is Philosophy?
God, Design, Evil: David Hume’s critique of the Argument from Design
Week Two: Right and Wrong
Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, J.S. Mill
Week Three: Practical Ethics
Sacrificing One to Save Many (the Trolley Problem)
Peter Singer and The Life You Can Save
Week Four: Mind
John Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Week Five: Science
Karl Popper on Conjecture and Refutation
Thomas Kuhn on Scientific Revolutions
Week Six: Art
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: firstname.lastname@example.org