Philosophy & Literature Courses Hexham

Jan 22, 2019

Tuesdays, 7pm until 8.30pm

Five Novellas to Read Before You Die [six week course]

The course consists of lectures and debates on a selection of novellas chosen for their incendiary ideas.  We will unpick the themes, reflect upon thought provoking passages, and question accepted norms in society.  Novellas to include The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll.

Mar 12, 2019

Tuesdays, 7pm until 8.30pm

The Great Empiricists [three week course]

The reaction against rationalism in philosophy began in the British Isles.  The rationalists had derided sense experience as a source of knowledge, maintaining that the only reliable knowledge comes from our reason.  Empiricists denied this.  They insisted that information about the external world can come to us only through our senses.  This course will explore the contributions made by Locke, Berkeley and Hume.

Apr 12, 2019

Saturday 10am until 4.30pm

An Introduction to Aesthetics [one day course]

What is art?  What is the difference between Tracey Emin’s My Bed and Botticelli’s Primavera?  Have we reached a stage where almost anything can be called art?  This one day course will explore some of the theories used to help us define art, including significant form and the institutional theory.

May 06, 2019

Tuesdays, 7pm until 8.30pm

The Great Rationalists [four week course]

When the Church’s authority over thought was finally loosened, many people came to believe that knowledge of the world could be gained through reason alone.  In philosophy this is known as rationalism.  This was launched by Descartes, after whom the outstanding figures where Spinoza and Leibniz.

May 31, 2019

Saturday 10am until 4.30pm

The Life, Literature and Philosophy of Hermann Hesse [one day course]

The novel Steppenwolf contributed to Hesse being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.  In this novel he portrays ‘the outsider’ and considers the nature of the self.  This one day course will look at the literature of this German-born Swiss writer and unearth the philosophical ideas contained within.

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