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Epicurus: All About Pleasure? Short Course Certificate

Key information

Qualification type

Short Course Certificate

Subject areas

Philosophical Systems / Philosophers

Course type


Course Summary

This course aims to give participants a comprehensive introduction to Epicurean philosophy through the critical study and discussion of ancient sources. Epicureans just over-indulge in sensuous pleasures, right? No: the highest pleasure for the men and women living in the frugal commune that Epicurus founded in 307 BCE was to be free from mental and bodily pain. Epicureanism became one of the leading philosophies in antiquity, and was rediscovered in the Renaissance. Through the close study of Epicurus’s surviving letters and other sources we explore his philosophy as a way of life, and discover an appealingly simple and ascetic approach to virtue and happiness, and intriguing views about the nature of the universe and our place in it. The credit point for the course are 10 CATS points.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


8 days

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £820.00

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To be confirmed