Seminars

Our Seminar series provides you with the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research, stimulate your thinking, engage with important issues and debate your ideas with others, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

“Slave to the Passions?”: Philosophy and the Emotions

“Slave to the Passions?”: Philosophy and the Emotions

What role do the emotions play in our intellectual and emotional life? Recent decades have seen significant advances in psychological understanding of the emotions and their influence on our behaviour and action. Philosophy has tried to follow suit, and this course is designed to apply some of the approaches philosophers have taken in trying to gain a better understanding of the emotions.

The art of change

The art of change

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, artists in France repeatedly redefined the boundaries of art. Spurred by political and social upheaval, artists rejected the conventions that had governed Western European art for centuries in order to find new and evolving visual languages that reflected their individual artistic ambitions and the changing world around them. Our discussions will include Courbet, Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, and Duchamp, among many others.

Queen Victoria’s Children

Queen Victoria’s Children

In the 1840s Prince Albert reinvented the Hanoverians as ‘the royal family’, an exemplary, idealised family enthusiastically followed by the growing British middle classes. The course explores the attitudes of ‘the Victorians’ to family roles using Queen Victoria’s nine children as examples. It analyzes the interesting interaction of family and court culture as each developed in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Paradoxes: An approach to philosophy

Paradoxes: An approach to philosophy

Paradoxes reveal vagueness at the edges of our concepts. That is why philosophers from the earliest times have loved to formulate, discuss, and try to resolve paradoxes arising across almost every field of philosophical enquiry. This course aims to approach philosophy and logical reasoning through an examination an introduction to some of the most famous and provocative paradoxes.

Understanding Islam

Understanding Islam

For most of us, all we know about Islam is what we hear in the media. Islam, IS one of the three Ibrahimic tradition religions, is the fastest growing religion in the world and the most misunderstood. In this course we will shed light on the Islamic principles, the...