Online Course: Introduction to Western Philosophy

Only some places still available. Deadline to register: December 10, 2019.

Always wanted to learn more about philosophy, but didn’t know where to start? Join this online intensive course to jump into what is one of the most interesting things to learn about… philosophy.

Ready for an adventure into the development of thought?

About the Course

How to approach something as vast as the thousands of years of history of Western philosophy? In this course we will try to do the impossible: with an historical overview, tracking the major shifts in thinking by taking in the main figures from Western philosophy, starting with Plato, through Kant, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and to end with Foucault, to name but a few. Of course you won’t be able to know everything, but getting an idea and a feeling for this progress is definitely possible.

Although it will require some commitment from you as a student. Thinking is not a passive job. Each class you will get homework, which is optional but will help you get a feeling for the different types of writing and thinking throughout the history of philosophy, and during the online meetings we will devote quite some time to your questions about the texts. During the online classes we will be reading parts together, framing understanding in a historical and philosophical frame. And get an introduction to frame the new reading that will be homework for the next class.

The reading we will do will come from the major works of the philosophers themselves. English translations will be provided, along with the text in the original language (mostly German and French) when possible.

Time investment

The course will span four weeks over the Christmas holidays. Two classes of two hours per week. And about four hours reading material to prepare for the class. For those who want to devote even more time, optional reading will also be provided.

Practical Information

Location: Skype (if Skype turns out not to work well, we might try Zoom or Jitsi)
Times (Finnish time): 19:00 – 21:00 PM
Monday & Thursday (except for Christmas day)
300 euro per student for the whole course
Limit of 5 students

Dates: December 19, 23, 27, 30 & January 2, 6, 9, 13

Join this Facebook group to get in tocuh with other (potential) students: https://www.facebook.com/groups/708115256356233/

Interested? Please contact me to secure a spot by writing me an email at nicole.nobyeni [at] gmail.com.

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