A one-year, London-based MA programme of twelve evening seminars and individual research led by Professor Sir 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 at The Reform Club, Pall Mall, 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 25,000 words. Guidance and personal supervision will be provided.
The Course Director
The course is led by the renowned philosopher, Professor Sir 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.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a fellow of the British Academy.
Professor Scruton is the author of over forty books, including The Ring of Truth (2016), Fools Frauds and Firebrands (2015), 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).
The series of seminars takes place between October 2019 and June 2019. Please note that all seminars take place on Thursday evenings (unless otherwise stated), beginning at 18:30. They will be held at the Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5EW (see: information for visitors and directions).
- 26 September 2018
- 27 September 2018 – Essay writing session taking place at 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, WC1E 6HJ, 9am-12pm
- 1 November 2018
- 15 November 2018
- 13 December 2018
- 20 December 2018
- 10 January2019
- 31 January 2019
- 1 March 2019
- 4 April 2019
- 2 May 2019
- 16 May 2019
- 6 June 2019
Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Jane Heal FBA, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
Professor Robert Grant, University of Glasgow
Professor Sebastian Gardner, University College London
Professor Simon Blackburn, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Each guest speaker seminar begins at 18:30 and is followed by a dinner (also at the Reform Club), at 20:00, with the guest speaker. The cost of all post-seminar dinners is included in the tuition fees.
Full details in the Curriculum Handbook
For further details contact:
Humanities Research Admissions on +44 (0)1280 827514