A one-year, London-based MA programme of ten evening seminars and individual research led by Professor Roger Scruton. Offering examples of contemporary thinking and including lectures by internationally acclaimed philosophers, the purpose of this programme to give an overall survey of Philosophy and topics that are central to the interaction of philosophy and life.
Each seminar takes place in central London and is followed by a dinner during which participants can engage in discussion with the speaker. The topics to be considered include consciousness, emotion, justice, art, God, love and the environment.
Examination will be by a research dissertation on an approved philosophical topic chosen by the student, of around 20,000 words. Guidance and personal supervision will be provided.
The course is led by the renowned philosopher, Professor Roger Scruton, FBA, FRSL.
Professor Scruton is a Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute and Course Director of the MA in Philosophy. He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator, specialising in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture.
He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He has written widely in the press on political and cultural issues. His involvement in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in Soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War, has seen him win a number of awards.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a fellow of the British Academy.
Professor Scruton is the author of over thirty books, including The Soul of the World (2014), Notes from Underground (2014), How to Be a Conservative (2014), Our Church (2012), How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism (2012), Beauty (2009),The Aesthetics of Music (1997), The Philosopher on Dover Beach (1990), Sexual Desire (1986), The Meaning of Conservatism (1980) and Art and Imagination (1974).
Others wishing to attend the seminars, but not intending to take the MA degree, may join the course as Associate Students at a reduced fee.