Philosophy & Literature Courses Residential

Sep 24, 2020

Starts 6.30pm Friday, ends 1.30pm Monday

The Lazy Philosopher's Guide to Orwell and 1984 [extended weekend course]

According to George Orwell, “All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred”.  Tracing his life, and using some of his key works as our guides, we will explore Orwell’s views on revolution, totalitarianism, patriotism and socialism, as we consider the relevance and resonance of Orwell’s thoughts in today’s world.

Oct 08, 2020

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday 3.30pm

Philosophy: Right and Wrong in the Real World [weekend course]

The branch of philosophy that deals with right and wrong is known as ethics.  In this course we will examine various ethical theories and apply them to some of the most prominent problems of the modern world.  Our exploration of ethics will be aided by Aristotle, Kant and J.S. Mill, as well as more modern thinkers, such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Peter Singer.  We will then apply their theories to modern issues including free speech, privacy and surveillance, as well as A.I. and robot ethics.

Oct 15, 2020

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday lunchtime

An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy [weekend course]

From the beginning of history, people have asked questions about the world and their place within it.  For early societies, the answers to these fundamental questions were found in religion.  Many of the ancient Greeks found traditional religious explanations inadequate and so philosophy was born.  This course will examine some of the ideas of the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics.

Nov 19, 2020

Starts Thursday evening. Ends Sunday lunchtime

The Lazy Philosopher's Guide to Nietzsche [extended weekend course]

According the Friedrich Nietzsche, “There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.”  Tracing his life, and using some of his key works as our guides, we will explore Nietzsche’s views on morality, religion and politics, as we consider the relevance and resonance of Nietzsche’s thoughts in today’s world.

Jan 15, 2021

Starts Friday evening. Ends Monday lunchtime

The Lazy Philosopher's Guide to Joyce [extended weekend course]

James Joyce stated “The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.”  Joyce has indeed been responsible for a vast amount of scholarship surrounding his oeuvre.  Tracing his life, and using some of his key works as our guides, we will explore Joyce’s intriguing and sometimes perplexing work.

Jan 27, 2021

Starts Wednesday evening. Ends Sunday morning

Ethics in the Modern World [philosophy break]

The branch of philosophy that deals with right and wrong is known as ethics.  In this course we will examine various ethical theories and apply them to some of the most prominent problems of the modern world.  Our exploration of ethics will be aided by Aristotle, Kant and J.S. Mill, as well as modern thinkers, such as Peter Singer.  We will then apply their theories to modern issues including free speech and social media.  So join me, Darren Harper, for a delightful few days of debating some of the modern world’s most incendiary issues over a glass of sherry at the Green Park Hotel.

Mar 05, 2021

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday lunchtime

An Introduction to Medieval Philosophy [weekend course]

During the first millennia Christianity became assimilated into Roman culture.  The Greek idea of philosophy as rational examination independent of religious doctrine sat uncomfortably with the rise of Christianity.  Questions about the nature of the universe and what constitutes a virtuous life were held to be answered in the scriptures and were no longer considered subjects for philosophical discussion.  The philosophers in this course sought to integrate Greek philosophy into Christian religion.

Mar 10, 2021

Starts midday Wednesday. Ends Friday lunchtime

Philosophy: The Mystique of Existentialism [weekday course]

Existentialism was one of the most influential intellectual movements of the 20th century, surging from its 19th century Kierkegaardian foundations in reaction against the experience of Nazi domination and occupation. Its exponents, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus, have left a rich literary and philosophical legacy.

Mar 19, 2021

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday lunchtime

The Lazy Philosopher's Guide to Kant [weekend course]

Immanuel Kant famously said, “Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe… the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”  Tracing his life, and using some of his key works as our guides, we will explore Kant’s philosophy on morality, knowledge and beauty.

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