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Great Philosophers

This course is an introduction to a selection of great philosophers who helped form Western civilization. Crucial ideas about the nature of reality, humankind’s place in the world, the good society, human destiny, values and knowledge were articulated and developed by these thinkers. Each lecture is an introduction to the life, work, context and impact of the philosopher in question. Philosophers examined will include Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Husserl, Russell and Wittgenstein.


The lecturers are drawn from the staff of the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

How to apply

Register in advance (prior to 27nd September 2016) by post, to the Executive Officer, Department of Philosophy, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2 enclosing a cheque/draft/ postal money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account. Your receipt will be your ticket for the series. Registration is also possible on the evening of the first lecture of the series (outside the lecture theatre).


The cost for the full series is EUR 75. Concession rate (EUR 35) is available to students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of a social welfare pension.

Date, time and place (subject to change)

There will be eleven lectures beginning on Tuesday 27th September 2016 from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Uí Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Please note there will be no lecture on Tuesday 8th November 2016.

Further information

Ms Una Campbell, Philosophy Department, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, T: 01 896 1529, E: