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Upper Inermediate Philosophy: The Question Concerning Nature

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Upper Inermediate Philosophy: The Question Concerning Nature

27 September 2024 – 13 December 2024
Friday, 13:00 to 15:00
Course Code:422CS
£185 / £65
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Intermediate Philosophy Part 1 : Reason and Unreason

It is not uncommon to hear today calls for a defence of and a return to Enlightenment values: but what exactly were they? The flourishing of the natural sciences from the 17th Century onward brought about not just an entirely new conception of the nature of the world but also a radical rethinking of the nature of reason itself, which in turn had profound implications for our understanding of the self and of society. But rather than a celebration of the serene progress of triumphant reason, the Enlightenment itself might be better understood as a series of crises. We will explore the myriad of issues these developments raise through an examination of the great thinkers of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.

23 September 2024 – 09 December 2024
Monday, 18:00 to 20:00
Course Code:416
£175 / £61
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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25 September 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Course Code:419
£167 / £58
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Philosophy for Beginners Part 1

Explore some of the most important ideas, themes and thinkers in the history of Western philosophy. Learn about some of the central problems of philosophy, and how to puzzle them our for yourselves.

25 September 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 14:00 to 16:00
Course Code:410
£167 / £58
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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26 September 2024 – 12 December 2024
Thursday, 18:30 to 20:30
Course Code:413
£175 / £61
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Advanced Philosophy: Philosophy And Literature In Recent French Theory

This course explores the intricate relationship between philosophy and literature through the works of Gilles Deleuze, Roland Barthes, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault. Each of these thinkers demonstrates how philosophical arguments can inspire literary writing and how literary analysis can lead to profound philosophical insights.



With Barthes and Foucault, we will examine the concepts of authorship and the notion of the author's 'death.' Blanchot will guide us in exploring the idea of a 'space of literature,' while Derrida will challenge us to consider the nature of the literary act. Deleuze will present literature as a machine that generates specific affects.



We will read short stories by Brecht, Beckett, Proust, Melville, Kafka, and Sacher-Masoch, alongside significant works from our five main philosophers: Deleuze's Proust and Signs and Coldness and Cruelty, Barthes' S/Z and The Death of the Author, Blanchot's The Space of Literature and The Book to Come, Derrida's Writing and Difference and Of Grammatology, and Foucault's The Order of Things and What Is an Author?.



Through these readings, the course aims to illuminate the processes by which literature becomes a dynamic force in the creation of philosophical ideas, and how philosophy, in turn, embarks on a literary journey to create a ?logical? novel.





26 September 2024 – 12 December 2024
Thursday, 18:00 to 20:00
Course Code:427CS
£193 / £68
12 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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