Philosophy & Literature
Day Courses

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 Philosopher's Guide to Ethics

Tuesday 1st November 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.


How should we live?  Moral philosophy, or ethics, is the branch of philosophy that considers what actions are right or wrong in different circumstances, and the best way to lead our lives.  This study day will explore Mill’s principle of utility, Kant’s categorical imperative and Aristotle’s virtue theory.  We will then apply their theories to the very modern issue of free speech.

A Crash Course in Philosophy: Religion & Art

Friday 4th November 2022. 10.30pm until 1.30pm.

[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.

The Lazy Philosopher's Guide to Religion

Tuesday 22nd November 2022. 10.15am until 4pm.


The course consists of lectures and debate on the philosophy of religion. It aims to provide a grounding in the central questions about religion which have concerned philosophers for two and a half thousand years. The questions discussed on the course will include: Can the existence of God be proved? Is belief in God compatible with the amount of suffering in the world? 

An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Islamic World

Tuesday 6th December 2022. 10am until 3pm.

[Guildford, Surrey]

The classical philosophy of the Islamic world is largely an attempt to reconcile Hellenistic philosophy with the doctrines of the Qur’an.  In this course, which focuses on the ‘Islamic Golden Age’ (750 ce to 1258 ce), we will trace the evolution of Islamic thought beginning with its founders, before exploring Ibn Sina and the Mind/Body problem, and concluding with Ibn Rushd’s argument that philosophy and theology are not incompatible.