Philosophy at the Institute

Plutarch once said “the correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fuel to be ignited”, and with this in mind the Institute offers Philosophy as an optional subject to our full-time students to engage their critical capacities and enrich their other studies.

Each of the three years have been tackling a different area of philosophy this month.

The 6th Years are progressing their way through the flow of ideas from ancient Greece to medieval Ireland, seeing how each thinker strives to respond to the challenges laid by his predecessors.

The 5th years have been on a journey through the philosophy of mind and language. They’ve explored thought experiments by luminaries such as Dennett and Putnam, as well as gaining insight into the ideas of Russell, Wittgenstein, Grice and more.

The 4th years have been testing aspects of political theory. Challenged with their own version of a “resource war” they have pondered the ideas of Rousseau, Hobbes, Paine, Burke, Plato and Machiavelli: all in an attempt to get out of homework.

The 5th and 6th year classes are optional and are open to any interested full-time students. The workload is balanced to get students thinking without putting strain on their other subjects.

6th year Philosophy is on Wednesdays and Fridays at 3.30 in G-3 (students need only attend one)

5th year Philosophy is on Tuesdays at 3.30 in G-3.