Discover Classes. Earn Rewards.

Philosophy Classes NYC

Explore the depths of existentialism, ethics, and metaphysics through engaging discussions and debates in philosophy classes in NYC, where participants can gain a deeper understanding of the human condition and the nature of reality.

1 class in-person in NYC has spots left, and 1 class live online is available.

Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Uncover the transformative power of language and explore the metaphilosophical implications of Ludwig Wittgenstein's groundbreaking work in this thought-provoking course. Discover a new perspective on the nature of language and the mind, and embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries of philosophy.

$335

4 sessions

Gift it!

Dreams and Dreaming: Philosophy, Psychology, and the Unconscious

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the realm of dreams through the lenses of philosophy, psychology, and the unconscious in this interdisciplinary course. Discover how dreams have inspired artists, writers, and theorists, shedding light on the nature of reality and our connection to others. Delve into the works of Freud, Benjamin, Coleridge, and more as you unravel the profound connections between dreams and waking life.

$335

4 sessions

Gift it!
46 philosophy classes that have ended
Add to your wish list to find out about new dates

Music of the 1920’s: The Anything Goes Decade

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

The decade of the 1920’s was a period of dazzling creativity in Europe and America. “New” was the thing in music, literature, painting, poetry. Artists of all disciplines intermingled and influenced each other. Young composers and musicians took center stage: Les Six in Paris; Gershwin, Copland and Armstrong in America; Weill, Brecht and Hindemith in Berlin; Berg in Vienna, experimentalists such as Varese and Antheill; yet all came under...

No upcoming schedules
$365

11 sessions

Gift it!
Discover Classes. Earn Rewards.

Philosophy Classes Gift Card

Thousands of classes & experiences. No expiration. Gift an experience this holiday season and make it a memorable one.

Buy a Gift Card

Ancient Chinese Philosophy for a Better Life

92nd Street Y @ Online Classroom, New York, NY

What can we do to live in a fuller and more inspiring way? Ancient Chinese Philosophy provides some inspiring answers. This one-of-a-kind course introduces important Chinese thinkers and explores what we can use from Ancient Chinese Philosophy in our everyday lives to achieve greater awareness, flourishing, and connection to ourselves and others. Together in class we will meditate and do a close reading of Classical Chinese thinkers in translation,...

No upcoming schedules
$285

6 sessions

Gift it!

Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 75 Broad St, New York, NY

Art was anything but peripheral to Kant’s philosophical project. In judging a thing to be beautiful, Kant maintained, we bridge “the great gulf” of nature and human freedom, and prepare ourselves to “love something, even nature, without interest”—that is, exercise moral judgment. Immensely influential in its time, the so-called “third Critique” inspired and gave energy to both German Idealism, which attempted to provide a rational...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

The Good, the Bad, and the Evil

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: an Introduction to Moral Philosophy Why should we be good? What makes an action moral—and how can we know? If an act is moral here and now, is it necessarily moral there and then? Is goodness in some way connected to happiness? And, what constitutes a moral judgment—is it an exercise of reason, or merely an expression of feeling? In this class, we’ll investigate the nature and scope of morality as it’s been...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

The Psychology of the Body

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

The question of how change happens lies at the heart of psycho-spiritual and sociopolitical theory. At its best, holistic learning engages this question through multiple ways of knowing, challenging students to discover for themselves which practices produce lasting change, and why. This course explores the role of the body in Holistic Psychology, specifically through the lens of Somatic Psychology, a highly-effective theory of change. By weaving...

No upcoming schedules
$430

2 sessions

Gift it!

Continuum Movement® Moving Medicine

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Movement as a mindful exercise is gaining more and more attention as an important part of creating and maintaining health. It is being researched in the psychology field for treatment of trauma and is associated with improvements in psychological well-being, including reducing stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbance, as well as increased self-esteem. Continuum Movement offers an experience of the human body as an elegant composite of interpenetrating...

No upcoming schedules
$275

2 sessions

Gift it!

On Religious Violence

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY

This course will offer students a framework for confronting such questions. We will begin by examining the construction of “religious violence” as a unique concept against the background of classic liberal political thought. Featuring readings from prominent theorists like John Locke and John Stuart Mill alongside contemporary reflections by thinkers such as Talal Asad, Charles Taylor, Jürgen Habarmas, and William Cavanaugh, we will ask questions...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

Art and Affect

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 247 West 37th St, New York, NY

This course will delve into the ways that art has been alternately defined as antidote to and instigator of affect from the postwar period to today. We will start by surveying a critical tradition that heralds distanced viewing and cognitive understanding as the most desired and politically responsible experience that art can provoke, marginalizing affect and sensuality in the process. We will then turn our attention to theories of affect that consider...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

Kant’s Critical Philosophy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 247 West 37th St, New York, NY

Kant’s “Critical philosophy,” which begins with the appearance of the Critique of Pure Reason in 1781, is an attempt to understand no less than the scope and limits of human reason, science, and morality.  He wrote that the purpose of philosophy is to answer the following fundamental questions: “What can we know? What should we do? What can we hope for?”  In other words: can we really know what reality is like, independent...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

Music After Auschwitz: the Postwar Avant-Garde

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The philosopher Theodor Adorno, writing in 1951, captured the then-common belief that European artistic culture, its humanizing aspirations called into question by 30 years of war and genocide, would have to be radically reconceived if it was to remain possible at all. To the musical avant-garde that formed around Adorno in the decade after World War II, this pessimistic conviction became the charter...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

Foundations of Modern Philosophy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 247 West 37th St, New York, NY

Long before the development of modern academic and scientific disciplines, the early modern scientific revolution was exemplified by “natural philosophers”—polymaths like Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Hobbes who saw no clear distinction between philosophical, scientific, social, and other forms of inquiry. The scientific revolution, born partly from the insights they provided, was also a philosophical revolution,...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

Philosophical Pessimism

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 247 West 37th St, New York, NY

Why should we be hopeful? “Above all, to be American is to be an optimist.” Or so proclaims the animatronic version of our country’s current Chief Executive at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents. Indeed, it seems to be one of the few sentiments that is shared widely across mainstream politics, media, and popular culture. Where does this optimism come from, and how did it become so essential?  For most, the idea that pessimism would...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

Kant: Metaphysics and Morality

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 30 Irving Pl, New York, NY

Kant’s “Critical philosophy,” which begins with the appearance of the Critique of Pure Reason in 1781, is an attempt to understand the total scope and limits of human reason, science, and morality.  Moreover, he argues that the purpose of philosophy is to answer the fundamental questions that emerge from such an attempt: “What can we know? What should we do? What can we hope for?” In other words: Can we really know what reality...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

Philosophical Skepticism: Doubt, Evidence, Justified

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 30 Irving Pl, New York, NY

Philosophical Skepticism: Doubt, Evidence, Justified Belief How is it that human beings, despite the fallibility of their senses and the limitations inherent in their individual subjective perspectives, can nevertheless manage to achieve knowledge of what objective reality is like, both in ordinary language and, better yet, in scientific discourse? To philosophical skeptics, whose vexing arguments were first posed by the Greeks, the answer is: we...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

Roland Barthes: Beyond Interpretation

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY

This course—an introduction to the thought of the French philosopher, literary theorist, linguist, and semiotician—asks how Barthes, who began his intellectual life as a committed disenchanter, evolved from architect of structuralist demystification to theorist of the scintillant, a field of investigation that encompassed questions of affect including pleasure, pain, bliss, love, and mourning. The rubric of the scintillating spurred Barthes’s...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

American Pragmatism: an Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Is there an American way of philosophizing? However entrepreneurial or materialist the United States seems to be, the development of philosophical pragmatism seems a straightforward rebuke to Alexis de Tocqueville’s claim that “Americans have no philosophic school of their own … there is no country less interested in philosophy.” Yet, what kind of philosophy is pragmatism? What does it mean to judge a theory or proposition wholly by its practical...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

An Anatomy of Melancholy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

What is melancholy? And why does this term of art shadow the activities of literature and philosophy? Historically, “melancholia” referred to a disorder resulting from an imbalance of the body: an excess of black bile thought to cause sustained sadness, sudden and inexplicable anger, sullen fits, and intense imaginative capability. Melancholy could descend on anyone at any time, irrespective of position or gender—though artists, scholars, lovers,...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!

I Think Therefore I Am: Descartes and Modern Philosophy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Universally acknowledged as the father of modern philosophy, Descartes’ published his Meditations on First Philosophy in 1641 with revolutionary intent. Attempting to overthrow the entrenched Christian Scholasticism of the Medieval Schools, Descartes boasted that the special topics of God and the human soul—the principal subject matters of pre-modern thought—could be dealt with better by philosophy rather than theology. Descartes’...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

Gift it!
Reset all filters.

No results found

Try removing some filters.

Philosophy Classes in NYC are rated 4.4 stars based on 1,388 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

CourseHorse Gift Cards

  • Creative & unique gift for any occasion
  • Choose from thousands of classes & experiences
  • No expiration date
  • Instant e-delivery (or choose a date)
  • Add a personalized message
Buy a Gift Card
gift card with the CourseHorse logo gift card with the CourseHorse logo
Loading...