Adult Education

Philosophy: “What is Philosophy?”

Portmarnock Community School Adult Education Dept.


Course Description
This course assumes no prior knowledge of the study of philosophy, and seeks to
introduce students to the most important questions and philosophers of the history
of philosophy. The course also takes a practical and contemporary approach,
looking at how philosophical ideas become developed in everyday life and through
the arts, especially in cinema. In term 1, we will be particularly focused on the
transition from early and later Greek thought to Medieval Philosophy (Christian,
Islamic and Judaic traditions).

There is no one set text for this term but the following texts may be useful to

  • Plato Symposium
  • Plotinus The Enneads
  • Augustine Confessions
  • Averroes The Incoherence of the Incoherence
  • Jean Paul Sartre Existentialism and Humanism (Term 2)


Start date to be confirmed        7:30-9:30pm   10 weeks   €105

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