Influential Philosophers from Plato to the Modern Era

Ref: C3747451

This interactive, enjoyable and stimulating Philosophy short course introduces learners to a variety of key philosophers throughout the ages, exploring and evaluating their influential theories. Criticisms of these theories will be considered, enabling you to form reasoned judgements about them. A range of branches of philosophy will be included (e.g. ethics and gender theory) and fundamental philosophical concepts and terms introduced.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to a variety of key philosophers, discussing and assessing their influential theories.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • No prior knowledge is required, but a good grasp of English is essential

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain one or more philosophical theories.
  • Identify the main criticisms of one or more philosophical theories.
  • Define one or more philosophical terms.
  • Think critically about two issues arising from the content of the course.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use the WEA’s video learning platform, Zoom. You will also need a personal email address to join our digital learning platform, Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Influential Philosophers from Plato to the Modern Era

Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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