domenica, dicembre 26, 2010

New philosophy courses in Dublin

Critical Thinking

The aim of this course is to enable students to think critically and argue coherently. Students will learn to analyse the structure of an argument, to distinguish logical from psychological reasons and to identify several formal and informal fallacies, i.e. common errors in reasoning. The different forms of justification of knowledge (deduction, induction, statistical evidence) will be examined, together with the concepts of truth and validity of arguments.

Kenilworth Institute, Wednesday 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
8 weeks 19 January - 9 March 2011
Fee: €120 email me or call me at 087 7486997

Introduction to ancient Greek philosophy

The aim of this course is to give a general introduction into the basic principles of western philosophy. You will study a broad range of central philosophical themes concerning: nature, law, knowledge, happiness and death. The course will begin by examining the first Greek philosophers who were collectively known as the Presocratics. This will lead us on to Socrates, who was the first philosopher to make the shift from questions considering the cosmos to ethical questions. Then we will read extensively from Plato and Aristotle, the most influential philosophers in all of western culture. We will pay particular attention to their ideas on knowledge, metaphysics and politics.

Kenilworth Institute, Monday 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
8 weeks 31 January - 28 March 2011 (No class on 21 February)
Fee: €120 email me or call me at 087 7486997

Philosophy through the movies: The Matrix

This course will explore the main philosophical themes raised by The Matrix trilogy.
What is real? How do you know you are not living in the matrix? Is a condition of happy ignorance preferable to a state of painful awareness?
The works of some key philosophers (Plato, Augustine, Descartes, Baudrillard) will be considered.

Kenilworth Institute, Wednesday 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
3 weeks 6 April - 20 April 2011
Fee: €45 email me or call me at 087 7486997


This is an interest courses offered by the UCD Adult Education Centre and open to anyone.

Logic for Everyone

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic ideas of formal logic. They will learn how to analyse ordinary language statements and translate them into logical forms. Concepts such as formal reasoning, inference, deduction, syllogism will be considered. No previous knowledge is required.

Belfield, Thursday 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
8 weeks 3 February –31 March (No Class on 17 March) 2011
Fee: €140 Print booking form or ring 01 716-7123 for Laser/credit card payment