Philosophy & Well-Being
Day Courses

 

Western Philosophy: Ancient [1 of 2]

Saturday 22nd January 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

From the beginning of history, people have asked questions about the world and their place within it.  For early societies, the answers to these fundamental questions were found in religion.  Many of the ancient Greeks found traditional religious explanations inadequate and so philosophy was born.  This course will examine some of the ideas of the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. 

Western Philosophy: Ancient [2 of 2]

Saturday 5th February 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

As antiquity progressed, fissures begin to emerge in the old world order.  The rise of Christianity and the decline of the Western Roman empire would change the face of the philosophical world.  This course will examine some of the contributions made by the Roman Stoics, Augustine of Hippo and Hypatia of Alexandria.

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Modern [1 of 3]

Saturday 26th February 2022. 10am until 4.30pm.

[Carlisle, Cumbria]

Female philosophers are often overlooked due to the patriarchal dominance of ideas over the last two millennia.  This course will celebrate the contributions made by female philosophers in the twentieth century, including Hannah Arendt and Simone du Beauvoir. 

Western Philosophy: Medieval

Saturday 5th March 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

During the first millennia Christianity became assimilated into Roman culture. The Greek idea of philosophy as rational examination independent of religious doctrine sat uncomfortably with the rise of Christianity. Questions about the nature of the universe and what constitutes a virtuous life were held to be answered in the scriptures and were no longer considered subjects for philosophical discussion. The philosophers in this course sought to integrate Greek philosophy into Christian religion. 

Stoicism & the Art of Living: Live Simply & According to Nature

Saturday 19th March 2022. 10.30am until 2.45pm.

[Corbridge, Northumberland]

In this course we will acquaint ourselves with the Cynics, and consider some important distinctions between the Cynic and the Stoic ways of life.  We will then explore what the Stoics mean by ‘simple living’, as well as how we can use the gift of reason to ‘live according to nature’.

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Modern [2 of 3]

Saturday 26th March 2022. 10am until 4.30pm.

[Carlisle, Cumbria]

Female philosophers are often overlooked due to the patriarchal dominance of ideas over the last two millennia.  This course will celebrate the contributions made by female philosophers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Iris Murdoch and Mary Midgley.  

Western Philosophy: Renaissance

Saturday 2nd April 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

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 period, including Niccolò Machiavelli and Michel de Montaigne.

A Crash Course in Philosophy: What is Philosophy? & Knowledge

Thursday 21st April 2022.

12.30pm until 3.30pm.

[Penzance, Cornwall]

Formerly philosophy was the preserve of PhDs and the intellectually precocious, until now. In this half-day course we will disinter a little of philosophy’s hermetic meaning as we tackle that often infuriating question: What is Philosophy? Using lectures and discussion, we will then explore the theory of knowledge (epistemology), including René Descartes’ famous ‘Cogito, ergo sum’.

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Modern [3 of 3]

Saturday 23rd April 2022. 10am until 4.30pm.

[Carlisle, Cumbria]

Female philosophers are often overlooked due to the patriarchal dominance of ideas over the last two millennia.  This course will celebrate the contributions made by female philosophers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Susan Sontag, Rosalind Hursthouse, Martha Nussbaum and Judith Butler. 

Western Philosophy: The Age of Reason 

Saturday 21st May 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

The ‘Age of Reason’ gave birth to the scientific age.  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.

Western Philosophy: The Age of Revolution 

Saturday 28th May 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

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…

Western Philosophy: 19th Century [1 of 2] 

Saturday 11th June 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

In addition to the socio-political upheaval of this period, other major changes in philosophy were occurring.  Through his ‘dialectic’, Hegel sought to understand the historical process, Schopenhauer re-evaluated the work of Kant by incorporating Eastern thought, and Kierkegaard explored the concepts of anxiety and freedom.

A Crash Course in Philosophy: Politics & Ethics

Tuesday 21st June 2022. 12.30pm until 3.30pm.

[Penzance, Cornwall]

Formerly philosophy was the preserve of PhDs and the intellectually precocious, until now. In this half-day course we will disinter a little of philosophy’s hermetic meaning as we unpick political philosophy, meeting Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, before exploring ethics (moral philosophy), with Immanuel Kant, J. S. Mill and Aristotle.

Western Philosophy: 19th Century [2 of 2] 

Saturday 9th July 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

The new rights and possibilities, made salient in the early part of the 19th Century, engender new philosophical problems which emerge in the latter part of the 19th Century.  Thoreau contemplates non-cooperation, William James brings American ‘Pragmatism’ to bear on the Western philosophical tradition, and Nietzsche reflects upon the moral void created by the death of God.

A Crash Course in Philosophy: Religion & Art

Friday 19th August 2022. 12.30pm until 3.30pm.

[Penzance, Cornwall]

Formerly philosophy was the preserve of PhDs and the intellectually precocious, until now. In this half-day course we will disinter a little of philosophy’s hermetic meaning as we re-evaluate religion, including St. Anselm’s famous ‘Ontological Argument’, and then going on to appreciate art (aesthetics) with Clive Bell, R.G. Collingwood and George Dickie.