Philosophy

Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism is the belief that the right action is the one that maximises happiness. The philosophy theory has its origins in the hedonism of Aristippus and Epicurus, though reached its most well-known form in the writings of Jeremy Bentham and...

Dr Claire Benn

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Philosophy

Classics

Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

This course examines the life of Socrates, before looking at his famous philosophical method and asking, why was Socrates so interested in defining what things mean? After this, we look more closely at two early dialogues of Plato which feature...

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University

Philosophy

Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morality

Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morality

Published in 1887, the Genealogy of Morality is the locus classicus of Nietzsche's criticism of contemporary morality and religion. The book is divided into three essays: the first deals with the origins of Christian and contemporary secular morality; the second...

Mr Ben Martin

Oxford University

English Literature

The Medieval Revival in Victorian Literature

The Medieval Revival in Victorian Literature

This wide-ranging course examines why so many writers and artists of the Victorian period were so obsessed with the Middle Ages, a concept known as 'Medievalism'. We begin by exploring the work of Walter Scott, whose pseudo-historical novels such as...

Dr Gabriel Schenk

Oxford University

English Literature

Classics

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare’s most famous – and infamous – tragedies draw on the Roman playwright Seneca for their dramatic form and theatrical style - including ‘Hamlet’, ‘King Lear’, and ‘Titus Andronicus’. Seneca also had a huge influence on Shakespeare’s contemporaries: Thomas Kyd’s...

Dr Helen Slaney

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry and Prose of Seamus Heaney

The Poetry and Prose of Seamus Heaney

The American poet Robert Lowell described Seamus Heaney as the greatest Irish poet since W. B. Yeats, and many noted the coincidence that Heaney was born in the year that Yeats died. A Nobel prize winner and Ireland's unofficial national...

Dr Rosie Lavan

Trinity College, Dublin