Philosophy & Literature Courses Residential

Feb 15, 2019

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday afternoon.

The Wisdom of the Stoics [weekend course]

Stoicism is often misunderstood as languishing through life without complaint. In this 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.

Feb 20, 2019

Starts Wednesday evening. Ends Friday midday.

The Enlightenment [weekday course]

The ‘Age of Reason’ allowed the scientific age to begin. The victory of rational, scientific discovery over dogma once again disinterred the possibilities of philosophy, and such thinkers as Descartes, Hume and Kant were born. This course will examine these thinkers and their work.

Mar 01, 2019

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday afternoon.

Existentialism [weekend 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.

Apr 08, 2019

Starts Tuesday evening. Ends Thursday midday.

The Life, Literature & Philosophy of Samuel Beckett [weekday course]

The play Waiting for Godot immortalised Beckett’s name and contributed to him being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, but is his portrayal of human existence one of pessimism or possibilities? This course will look at the life and literature of this Irish playwright, poet and novelist, and unearth the philosophical ideas contained within.

May 09, 2019

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday afternoon.

Philosophy: But is it Art? [weekend 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 course will explore some of the theories used to help us define art, including idealist theory, significant form and the institutional theory.

May 16, 2019

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday afternoon.

Philosophy: Revolution [weekend course]

During the Age of Revolution, philosophy focused increasingly on social and political issues. In Britain, the new utilitarianism dominated and evolved alongside the Industrial Revolution, resulting in, through the efforts of Bentham and Mill, a liberal democracy. The situation in France, however, was less stable...

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