Philosophy & Literature Courses Carlisle

Jan 23, 2019

Wednesdays, 7pm until 8.30pm

Five Novellas to Read Before You Die [six week course]

The course consists of lectures and debates on a selection of novellas chosen for their incendiary ideas.  We will unpick the themes, reflect upon thought provoking passages, and question accepted norms in society.  Novellas to include The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll.

Mar 13, 2019

Wednesdays, 7pm until 8.30pm

The Great Empiricists [three week course]

The reaction against rationalism in philosophy began in the British Isles.  The rationalists had derided sense experience as a source of knowledge, maintaining that the only reliable knowledge comes from our reason.  Empiricists denied this.  They insisted that information about the external world can come to us only through our senses.  This course will explore the contributions made by Locke, Berkeley and Hume.

Apr 05, 2019

Saturday, 10am until 4.30pm

An Introduction to Renaissance Philosophy [one day course]

The Renaissance, a prolific rebirth of creativity, marked a renewed interest in Greek and Latin Classical culture. It was a movement that placed humans, rather than God, at its centre. This course examines the key thinkers from this time, including Niccolò Machiavelli and Michel de Montaigne.  

May 07, 2019

Wednesdays, 7pm until 8.30pm

The Great Rationalists [five week course]

When the Church’s authority over thought was finally loosened, many people came to believe that knowledge of the world could be gained through reason alone.  In philosophy this is known as rationalism.  This was launched by Descartes, after whom the outstanding figures where Spinoza and Leibniz.

May 24, 2019

Saturday, 10am until 4.30pm

An Introduction to the Enlightenment [one day course]

The ‘Age of Reason’ allowed the scientific age to begin.  The victory of rational, scientific discovery over dogma once again disinterred the possibilities of philosophy, and such thinkers as Descartes, Hume and Kant were born. This course will examine these thinkers and their work.

Jun 07, 2019

Saturday, 10am until 4.30pm

An Introduction to the Age of Revolution [one day course]

During the Age of Revolution, philosophy focused increasingly on social and political issues. In Britain, the new utilitarianism dominated and evolved alongside the Industrial Revolution, resulting in, through the efforts of Bentham and Mill, a liberal democracy. The situation in France, however, was less stable...

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