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Introduction to Philosophy


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Just like the physician, the professional philosopher has a set of finely tuned skills, in addition to a solid grounding in a rich and varied body of academic work. Our Introduction to Philosophy short course is designed for those with no formal training or background in philosophy who wish to take their first step towards attaining these skills and this essential grounding. You can take this course purely for enjoyment or with the ambition to pursue a path towards a career in professional philosophy.

You will be introduced to some of the main theories and methods in four core areas of philosophy:

  • Epistemology (the theory of knowledge)
  • Metaphysics (the study of being)
  • Political philosophy
  • Ethics

As well as contemporary discussions, you will become familiar with some of the eternal questions in philosophy, such as:

  • What is knowledge?
  • What is justice?
  • Do we have free will?

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    This course is taught at postgraduate level so some experience of undergraduate level studies is desirable.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.