Philosophy & Literature
Day Courses
 

The Lazy Philospopher's Guide to Knowledge

Thursday 11th August 2022. 10am until 1pm.

[Morpeth, Northumberland]

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

Great Women Philosophers: Iris Murdoch

Sunday 14th August 2022. 10am until 3pm.

[Carlisle, Cumbria]

Murdoch’s philosophy has often been neglected in favour of her novels. In this course we will remedy this imbalance.  Beginning with the novel The Bell, we will look at the relationship between her philosophy and her fiction.  We will then explore her best known philosophical work, The Sovereignty of Good

The Lazy Philospopher's Guide to Knowledge

Tuesday 16th August 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.

[Birmingham]

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

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.

Western Philosophy: 19th Century [2 of 2] 

Tuesday 30th August 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.

An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy 

Thursday 22nd September 2022. 10am until 3pm.

[Guildford, Surrey]

Focusing on the two main schools of Chinese philosophy, Confucianism and Taoism, this course will explore their foundations, their key thinkers, including Lao Tzu and Confucius, and then consider the possibility of their ethical application to Western society today.