Star Wars Philosophy Course Offered At University of Glasgow


Forget lightsabers and spaceships, a new university course has been set up to explore the deeper meanings of George Lucas’s Star Wars films.

And students won’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to take part in the short philosophy course.

The day-long open access course is being run by the University of Glasgow.

Star Wars and Philosophy: Destiny, Justice and the Metaphysics of the Force will be held on 4 May – the date recognised as Star Wars day by fans.

It will examine how far people can be responsible for their own actions when their destiny is governed by “the force”.

Philosophy teacher John Donaldson will introduce concepts of free will and moral responsibility against the backdrop of the epic space drama.

The lifelong Star Wars fan said the course had been designed to broaden the appeal of philosophy.

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