Philosophy & Literature Courses

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Philosophy: The Mystique of Existentialism 

Friday 4th until Sunday 6th June 2021

Existentialism was one of the most influential intellectual movements of the 20th century, surging from its 19th century Kierkegaardian foundations in reaction to 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.

The Lazy Philosopher’s Guide to Plato

Friday 11th until Monday 14th June 2021

According to A. N. Whitehead, ‘The European philosophical tradition is… a series of footnotes to Plato.’  This course will consider Plato’s enduring influence by examining, and discussing, many of his ideas including virtue and the good life, justice in Socrates’ unapologetic apology, the allegory of the cave and beauty.

The Lazy Philosopher’s Guide to Kafka

Friday 3rd until Sunday 5th September 2021

According to Kafka, “It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.”  Tracing his life and key works, we will explore some of Kafka’s ideas including the blending of the realistic and the fantastic, how bureaucratic forces limit an individual’s freedom and end by looking at his legacy, which was only made possible by his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod.

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