'Philosophy: The Basics', a 6-session introductory course on Philosophy, Tuesday evenings, Central London, 28th Jan - 4th March 2014. Led by Nigel Warburton. Booking now open. 35 places max. More details available here.
You can listen to over 200 interviews with philosophers on a very wide range of topics on the Philosophy Bites podcast also on iTunes and available as an iPhone app. This series includes the following episodes which are particularly relevant:
Philosophy: The Classics podcast available free on iTunes (and also in less wieldy form here) - also available as an iPhone app: this is based on 18 chapters from my book Philosophy: The Classics and provides short introductions to key books in the history of Philosophy, beginning with Plato's Republic.
Early Modern Texts - this is a series of paraphrases of 17th, 18th, and some 19th century philosophical works. This shouldn't really work, but it is in fact excellent, largely because run by the distinguished philosopher Jonathan Bennett who has spent many years teaching these texts to students and has a deep understanding of them. Also includes some links to reliable sources of original texts online.
You can now book by telephone on 0207 887 8888 for my 7 Ways of Thinking About
Art course on Monday evenings at Tate Modern 19th October to 30th
November 2009 (7 sessions). If you need information about the sorts of
topics covered and the approach, you can check out notes from a previous version of this course. Further details of the course should be on the Tate Modern website next week and in the forthcoming events leaflet.
Tate Modern - I will be teaching the course 'Seven Ways of Thinking About Art' on 7 consecutive Monday evenings from 19th October until 30th November. Booking required.
The course explores the philosophical basis of our attempts to understand works of art. Topics covered include the question of whether works of art are simply catalysts to purely subjective responses, the relevance of an artist's intentions, a work’s historical context, its originality, and its context within the gallery.
Participants have the opportunity to explore a range of positions from a theoretical perspective and to test their application against particular works of art in the gallery.
Booking will open in September. All booking is via the Tate Modern booking office.
In the Spring I will begin the cycle of three 6-session courses on Aesthetics at Tate Modern Classic Aesthetics, Modern Aesthetics and Contemporary Aesthetics.
Classic Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
Tate Modern, Monday evenings 20th October - 24th November 2008 (six sessions), 6.45 p.m. - 8.15 p.m followed by drinks. £95 (£60 concessions), booking required (details of how to book ). Price includes drinks afterwards.
An opportunity to explore classic aesthetics from Plato's Ion to Kant's Critique of Judgement. Each week we'll discuss a reading from Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology (Blackwell, 2008). Key themes include the nature of art, beauty, the sublime and value judgements about the arts. We'll also look at works in the gallery and analyse them in relation to these ideas. No knowledge of philosophy or art is needed.
This is the first of three six-session courses I will be teaching based on the Aesthetics anthology. The other courses are Modern Aesthetics(start date 16th Feb. 2009) and Contemporary Aesthetics (start date 1st June 2009). Further details about all three courses are available on the Tate Modern website.
The School of Life a new educational and cultural enterprise has just opened its doors at 70 Marchmont Street in Central London and looks set to make a considerable impact. Offering courses in the evenings and at the weekends, a chance to meet experts in a wide range of fields one-on-one, unusual holidays, and a bookshop that stocks The Art Question, its faculty includes Alain de Botton, Geoff Dyer, Martin Parr and Brett Kahr. Quirky and original, its courses are focused around the life themes of Love, Work, Politics, Play, and Family.