Philosophy & Well-Being
Day Courses

 

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.

Stoicism & the Art of Living: Universal Nature, God and Fate

Saturday 16th April 2022. 10.30am until 2.45pm.

[Corbridge, Northumberland]

In contrast with the Judeo-Christian view, the Stoics were materialists: they believed that there is just one type of thing that makes up the universe.  In this course we will explore the Stoic belief that everything that happens is fated to happen, as well as the Stoic idea that God, fate and the universe are in reality the same thing.

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.

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’.

Stoicism & the Art of Living: Living in Society

Saturday 30th April 2022. 10.30am until 2.45pm.

[Corbridge, Northumberland]

In the Stoic’s search for serenity, they did not choose to isolate themselves on a distant mountain top, but rather to embrace the challenges of urban life as a way to achieve their goal.  This course we will consider the Stoic account of why people act as they do, explore how we can accept and work with other people who’s views and goals may differ from our own, whilst at the same time maintaining our equanimity.

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 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.