Philosophy & Literature Courses Residential

Mar 06, 2020

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Century of German Philosophy [weekend course]

A flowering in philosophy occurred between the 1790s and the 1880s in the German-speaking world, equal in the apex of thought to that of the ancient Greeks. This began with Kant, was augmented by Schopenhauer, before Nietzsche assailed the whole of existing morality. This weekend course will explore the wealth of ideas produced by these philosophers. 

Mar 13, 2020

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday afternoon.

Philosophy: The Good Life [weekend course]

‘The life truly worth living is the considered life’, said Socrates, two and a half millennia ago. Socrates meant a life that was well informed and has goals which will benefit both oneself and society. The Good Life, ergo, allows us to grow autonomously, and rather than be dictated to by duty, empower us to live a full and flourishing life. Beginning with the Ancients, taking a whistle stop through the Renaissance, and then summarising with the Modern, this course will give us a taste of the Good Life from some of the greatest minds that reflect upon it.

Mar 30, 2020

Starts Tuesday evening. Ends Friday midday.

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.

Apr 30, 2020

Starts Friday evening. Ends Monday afternoon.

The Lazy Philosopher's Guide to C.S. Lewis [extended weekend course]

In this course we will explore the thought of the author, essayist and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia as an allegory of Good and Evil.  We will also investigate the ways in which, as a Christian, Lewis tackles the age old philosophical issue of ‘the problem of evil’ as well discussing his views on moral subjectivism and atheism as we address the question: What can Lewis teach us about life, religion and morality?

Jun 11, 2020

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 The Birth of Venus? 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.

Jul 02, 2020

Starts Friday evening. Ends Sunday afternoon.

Philosophy: The Mystique of 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.

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