Philosophy & Well-Being Courses
Day and Half Day

Stoicism and the Art of Living: Taster

Saturday 24th July 2021. 10.30am until 1pm.

Stoicism is often misunderstood as languishing through life without complaint.  In this taster course we will see how thinkers such as Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius confronted one of the key questions of the ancient world: ‘How should we live?’ and supplied us with pragmatic ways in which to flourish.  This is the first in a series of day courses on Stoicism and the Art of Living.

Stoicism and the Art of Living: Good, Bad and Indifferent

Saturday 21st August 2021. 10.30am until 2.45pm.

In this course we will acquaint ourselves with Zeno; the first Stoic, explore what is ‘good’, asking such questions as: What has value?  What is the best way to live? and What should we do to flourish?  We will then explore the Stoic ‘virtues’ before contemplating the Stoic concept of ‘indifferents’.

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Ancient

Saturday 28th  August 2021. 10am until 3pm.

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 ancient world, including Ban Zhao and Hypatia.  This is the first in a series of day courses on Fantastic Female Philosophers from antiquity to modernity.

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

Saturday 11th September 2021. 10.30am until 2.45pm.

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.

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Medieval

Saturday 23rd Octobert 2021. 10am until 3pm.

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 medieval world, including Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Ávila.  This is the second in a series of day courses on Fantastic Female Philosophers from antiquity to modernity.

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Revolution

Saturday 4th December 2021. 10am until 3pm.

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 age of revolution, including Mary Wollstoncraft and Rosa Luxemburg.  This is the third in a series of day courses on Fantastic Female Philosophers from antiquity to modernity.

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Modern [1 of 3]

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

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. 

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Modern [2 of 3]

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

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.  

Fantastic Female Philosophers: Modern [3 of 3]

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

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.