18th Century Liberties

Overview This course in the history of ideas examines the development of liberty as an idea in the context of the 18th Century Enlightenment.   INTRODUCTION The general movement in European history from the 17th to 18th centuries may be understood,...

A Taste of Philosophy

This page contains the slides for the 'A Taste of Philosophy ...' course at City Lit ... Slides: Half-day version ...   Slides: Full day version ...    

A World Without Want?

Slides for seminar presented at City Lit, 19 May 2018     Slides and seminar notes for Seminar presented at City Lit on January 12, 2013 . Slides ... Seminar Notes (12 January,2013) ... Books ... Amazon.co.uk...

Arendt: Philosophy, Politics and Plurality

Hannah Arendt’s examination of the existential and political conditions under which human beings create the world, and her examination of thinking as an antidote to totalitarianism, make her thought ever more relevant as the 21st century unfolds. Slides ...

Aristotle

These pages contain slides for my introductory course on Aristotle at City Lit, London.

Art & Eros

Slides from a short presentation on Herbert Marcuse 's thinking about the relation between art and liberation. Last presented at City Lit , London on July 31 2013 ... Some Links ... Marcuse: Art and Liberation Yves Klein

Being and Empathy: Edith Stein's Philosophy

In writing that “Empathy is the experience of foreign consciousness … irrespective of the subject whose consciousness is experienced [including God]”, Edith Stein opened the way for a ‘phenomenology’ of God.

Beyond the Human

The fields of synthetic biology and artificial life are merging with artificial intelligence technologies to put our understanding of what it is to be human in doubt, urging us to think ‘beyond the human’. Seminar Slides SOME SUGGESTED REA...

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Slides from seminar series at City Lit, London November-December 2019 ...

Buddhist Philosophy: An Introduction

Slides and links to accompany the course 'Buddhist Philosophy: An Introduction' SLIDES The Buddha as an idea and an ideal Suffering Persons   Buddhist Metaphysics   Buddhist Philosophers:...

Chinese Philosophy: An Introduction

Situating Chinese Philosophy  Whiteboard Notes 12 January 2017   Slides: Chinese Philosophy - a brief introduction (15 October 2016)  next page: Confucian Though t Confucian Thinking   Whiteboard Notes 19 January 2...

Circling The Greek Square

An open-ended meditation on the relations between Parmenides, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle (the Greek ‘square’) and philosophers such as Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu, also with reference to Badiou’s ‘Being and Event’ and Hall & Ames ‘Anticipating China’ - br...

Citizens & Realpolitik

These pages contain slides for seminars on citizens and the realpolitik ...

Critical & Creative Thinking

Critical thinking: the art of rational persuasion ...   next page: Strategic thinking: the art of coping with the world ... Strategic thinking: the art of coping with the world ... next...

Cryptocurrencies: A New Philosophy of Money?

Cryptocurrencies: A New Philosophy of Money? Slides for seminar at City Lit, London 6 October 2018   Money As Meaning:‘Ergonomic’ perspective   Post-Scarcity Thinking

Descent of Faith

God is Dead! ... In the 19th Century, the challenge of atheistic, scientific materialism drew a variety of responses from those of a religious, or faith-based, disposition. These responses tended either towards attempts to reinforce or reinvigorate...

Edmund Burke and the Ironies of Empire

  Whiteboard notes 19 November 2016

EUrope as an Idea

One talks of European cultures, values, civilization, even of a European project. But what is this ‘Europe’ – a chimera, delusion, political-historical trend, idea? Is the EU the basis for some future ‘Europa’?  

Existentialism & Culture

Slides for 'Existentialism & Culture ' seminars on 3, 10 & 17 August 2017 at City Lit , London.        

Existentialism and the Arts

                      

From Anxiety to Terror

Slides from a short presentation on the philosophy of horror given at City Lit, London on 9th August 2013 ...

From Concrete Places to Liquid Spaces

Slides for a short presentation on the philosophy of the urban ...

Globalization & Beyond

From global village to global jungle? Rather than shrinking the world, globalization expands it. It does not make the world one, it breeds multiple worlds. Absorbing the nation-state in a global network of mega-cities, it does not bring about world government,...

Great thinkers from Ancient Greece

See below slides used for the seminar series 'Great Thinkers from Ancient Greece' at City Lit, London 2014 August 11, 13, & 15. Fragments: Heraclitus, Parmenides   Plato   Aristotle

Greek Philosophy 1: The Presocratics

Fragments Cosmology: Anaximander & Anaximenes, Pythagoras & Philolaus     Theology, Metaphysics: Xenophanes, Heraclitus     Metaphysics: Parmenides, Zeno of Elea, Melissus   ...

Hellenistic Schools of Thought

From around the 3rd century BC to 1st century AD, 'Hellenistic' Philosophy marks the transition from Greek to Roman thought and is broadly ethical in outlook seeking to answers questions about the human condition and the best ways to live. SLIDES ......

Hoodlum Science

“ ... science is the ultimate pornography.”  Boredom, violence, technology, apocalypse, perversion, and science fuse together in Ballard’s writings providing an internal description of the contemporary world that is dangerous, sublime and rich i...

Japanese Philosophy: An Introduction

  Philosophy|Japan: Sacralization of the Everyday   next page: Buddhist Perspectives Buddhist Perspectives       next page: Shinto & Kokugaku (Native Studies) Perspectives Shinto & Kokugaku...

Kierkegaard and the possibility of God

God forms an almost absent background to Kierkegaard’s philosophy. Does he – or any of us – need God in order to have faith? Slides for seminar at City Lit , London June 2019

Kyoto School: An Introduction

The 'Kyoto School' is a loose label for a group of 20th Century Japanese philosophers who following in the wake of Kitaro Nishida sought to reconcile Western and Asian philosophical, intellectual and religious traditions. In so doing they inaugurated...

Machiavelli & the importance of realpolitik

1: The Prince 2: The Discourses 3: Powers & Interests 4: Social Order?

Money as Meaning

In reality, money, like number and law, is a category of thought. - Oswald Spengler, 'The Decline of the West' Slides and whiteboard notes from seminar on the philosophical significance and meaning of money ... Slides ... Philosophical-economic perspective ...

Neo-Platonism: An Introduction

“THE ONE is all things and no one of them; the source of all things is not all things; all things are its possession … ” - Ennead 5 Tractate 2.1 Neo-Platonism arose primarily from the work of Plotinus (204 – 270 AD) under the influence of Plato’s...

Philosophy of Technology

These pages contain slides for my introductory course on the Philosophy of Technology ...

Philosophy, Magic & The Occult

Slides ...   Whiteboard Notes 28 January 2017 Whiteboard Notes 11 May 2013

Plato

Slides for PLATO IN QUESTION - seminars at City Lit , London 24 & 31 July and 7 August 2017   Whiteboard Notes 24 July 2017     Whiteboard Notes 31 July 2017     Slides for seminar at City Lit...

Pre-Socratic Philosophy

These pages contain slides for my introductory course on Pre-Socratic Philosophy ...

Real & Imaginary Cities in History

The City in Question Cities exist as much in the mind as they do in the physical world, if not more so. This course explores diverse ways of thinking about urban existence. Slides 1 Slides 2 next page 'The urban Lifeworld' slides ......

Religious Traditions of India: Hinduism & Buddhism

Slides from seminar at City Lit , London 23rd May 2015 and 21st May 2016.

Social Psychology: An Introduction

Social Psychology Topics Map next page: Being Social? Slides: Being Social? next page: Relationships Slides: Relationships next page: Social Influence Slides: Social Influence next page: Pro and Anti-social behaviour...

Spiritual Psychology

Slides for the sessions, run by John Goff, of the course 'Spiritual Psychology' at City Lit , London. The webpage of Itai Ivtzan, who runs the other sessions in this course, is here ... Being in The World Being and 'Nothingness' Becoming...

The Evolution of 'Evolution'

Slides for a short presentation on the 'evolution' of the idea of evolution ...

Towards The Transparent Self

These pages contain slides from a course on privacy and surveillance and their effects on one's sense of self.

Victorian Imaginings

Introduction The image-makers of the 19th Century worked within a complex of tensions such as that between the sublime and beautiful, the phantastic and realistic, amoral and moral, and avantgarde and traditional. The works of Caspar David Friedrich...

Work & Paradise

Slides from a short presentation on the philosophy of consumption and consumerism ...