Adventures in Philosophy

Ref: C2224642

This exciting and engaging course explores the development of Western thought from the time of the ancient Greeks up to the present day. We will discover the concerns of the great thinkers of the past and see how they responded to the age in which they lived. We will evaluate the lasting impact of their ideas and their relevance for us today. There will be plenty of discussion and there will be chance for students to develop both their own own critical thinking and their discussion skills. Expect to join in and to be challenged in a friendly way. The philosophers we discuss will include: Plato; Aquinas; Machiavelli; Hume; Kant; Rousseau; Marx; Rawls and Nozick. If your group has a particular philosopher whose ideas you would like to discuss, the tutor will be happy to include your favourite.

Course aim

This course introduces the essential ideas of some of the most important philosophers whose thinking has shaped Western Society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Be able to describe the historical context of each philosopher we cover
  • Expllain at least one major idea from each philosopher we cover
  • Engage in informed discussion about each philoso0pher we cover
  • Be able to give a strength and a weak point of each philosopher
  • describe the impact and importance of each philosopher

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Adventures in Philosophy Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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