When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Philip Flanders
  • Course Code W21HMSB02A

What you will learn

This course continues to introduce and explore the ideas of some of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy, started in Part 1. These include philosophers such as Rousseau, Locke, Marx. Sartre, de Beauvoir, Kierkegaard, and others. Part 2 of Great Philosophical Thinkers will study different philosophers from Part 1, so a knowledge of thinkers studied in Part 1 is not necessary to join Part 2. A central theme of the course is how philosophy differs from modern science when it asks such questions as how we know anything, what it means to be conscious, and how to organise society.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify some central themes of modern philosophy
  • Summarise the views of some of the most influential philosophers
  • Defend and challenge positions taken by a range of philosophers
  • Explain how eminent philosophers have influenced one another, providing a rough chronology of philosophical thought
  • Situate philosophical problems in relation to other fields of inquiry, such as physics and sociology.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The format of classes is interactive. Classes will consist of presentations by the tutor and discussion in pairs and small groups. The aim is not for students to hear about philosophy, but to address philosophical problems that still occupy philosophers today. So be prepared to hear views you may disagree with and to be asked to defend your own. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will receive ongoing formative feedback from the tutor. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this course.
    Whether you are new to philosophy or have taken a philosophy course at Morley before, you are welcome.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course is delivered online using Microsoft Teams.

    What you need

    You will need access to a computer or tablet with internet access to help make notes, undertake any research for your course, and complete any work and studies outside class times.

    What you can do next

    If the course has sparked your interest in philosophy, then Morley College are offering a range of philosophy courses throughout the academic year, including history of philosophy and moral philosophy courses.