Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day, via Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and others.
The Philosophy of Equality
At least since the French Revolution, equality has served as one of the leading ideals of the body politic, and today remains one of the key tenets in modern Western democracies. But is equality always a good thing? Is it...
Dr Nikolas Kirby
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
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
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
The Ethics of War
War has always been a feature of human history. It is reviled as one of the great evils of which we are capable as a species, but often also commemorated and recounted as honourable and just. War raises many difficult...
Dr Michael Gibb