Philosophy & Well-Being
Day Courses

 

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.

Stoicism & the Art of Living: What Is In Our Power

Sunday 12th June 2022. 11am until 4pm.

[Bristol]

In this course we will acquaint ourselves with Epictetus; the Stoic teacher and former slave, explore what is within our control and what is beyond our control, and consider whether or not we can control the actions of others.  Lastly, we will contemplate whether awareness of the limits of control can help us attain serenity.

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.

Philosophy as a Guide to Life: Taster

Friday 1st July 2022. 10.30am until 1pm.

[Corbridge, Northumberland]

In this taster session, we will discuss the ways in which philosophy can be a guide to life.  We will consider the questions: ‘What is the good life?’ and ‘What makes us happy?’.  We will then introduce the virtues from the ancient world before looking at how they can help us in our own age.

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] 

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.

Philosophy as a Guide to Life: Spiritual Virtues - Part One

Saturday 13th August 2022. 10.30am until 2.45pm.

[Corbridge, Northumberland]

In this day course we will start to explore ‘Spiritual Virtues’.  In the first session, R.G. Collingwood will help us to ascertain the value of ‘art’, in the second session, Iris Murdoch will guide us out of Plato’s Cave to ‘beauty’, and in the final session Ivan Illich will liberate us from the problem of choice, thereby giving us ‘freedom’. 

The Lazy Philosopher's Guide to Ethics

Friday 22nd July 2022. 10am until 4pm.

[Bath, Somerset]

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 should we live? Using lectures and discussion, we will explore the philosophical branch of ethics (moral philosophy), with Immanuel Kant, J. S. Mill and Aristotle.