The Philosophy Workshop in December 2016:-

Philosophy Group 2016 (2)

Autumn / Winter Programme 2020

We are discussing Candide or Optimism by Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet), translated by Theo Cuffe with an Introduction by Michael Wood  (Penguin Classics, 2005) followed by All Things Shining:Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly (Free Press / Simon & Schuster, 2011).


Amended 13/10/20

Autumn / Winter Programme 2020
Date Book Chapter/ Topic Led By
30 September Candide In Our Time Broadcast: 'Voltaire's Candide' Simon
7 October Candide Candide as Literature Anita
14 October Candide Candide as Philosophy Rene
21 October All Things Shining Our Contemporary Nihilism Pam
28 October All Things Shining David Foster Wallace's Nihilism Susan
4 November All Things Shining Homer's Polytheism Pat
11 November All Things Shining From Aeschylus to Augustine: Monotheism . . . Judy
18 November All Things Shining From Dante to Kant: . .  Autonomy Barbara
25 November All Things Shining Fanaticism, Polytheism and Melville's"Evil Art" Jayne
2 December All Things Shining Conclusion: Lives Worth Living in a Secular Age TBA
       
       
       
       
       

What We Have Studied

When Who Topic Led By Comments
2006 - 2007 Hayakawa Language in Thought and Action Peter Jones This stimulating text on semantics was used by Peter to introduce his own slant on Philosophy.
2008 Jayne Waterworth A Philosophical Analysis of Hope Jayne Colvin Led by the author!
2008-9 Ray Billington Living Philosophy Peter Stevenson. Lively text with ethical  slant
2008-9 Nigel Warburton Philosophy: the Classics Peter Stevenson. Useful overview of the classic texts
2009-10 Gordon Graham Eight Theories of Ethics Group Effort Excellent treatment of Ethics
2010 Mary Warnock Women Philosophers Group Effort Earlier extracts were tough but we got a lot out of the book
2011 John Hosper Introduction to Philosophical Analysis Group Effort Was our least favourite text until Hartman (below).
2011/12 Michael J Sandel Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? Group Effort

We watched the Harvard lectures from the internet & read the book - highly recommended.

2011/12 Plato Republic Jayne Colvin By a beginners group
2011/12 John Stuart Mill On Liberty Jayne Colvin By a beginners group
2011/12 Jayne Wateridge A Philosophical Analysis of Hope. Jayne Colvin By a beginners group
2012 Johnathan Wolff Ethics and Public Policy Group Effort Good linkeage of philosophy to current politics and ethics

2013

Bryan Magee Talking Philosophy Group Effort We watched some programmes of the BBC series Men of Ideas on which the book is based
2013 Ronald Dworkin Sovereign Virtue Group Effort We gave up on this - good stuff but too densely written for a group like us
2013/14 Scott M James An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics Group Effort Good beginners guide to the philosopical implications of evolutionary psycholgy
2014 Aristotle Nichomachean Ethics Group Effort Surprisingly readable - we recommend Penguin 2nd ed.
2014/5 Contemporary Philosophers Overview of Individual Authors Group Effort Stimulating Variety
2015 Edward Feser Philosophy of Mind Group Effort Tough going - but we enjoyed it!
2015/6 Nicholas Fearn Zeno and the Tortoise Group Effort Lively selection of topics illustrating different philosophical methods
2016 Peter Singer (ed.) Applied Ethics Group Effort Stimulating collection of classic articles on Ethics - recommended
2016/17 Victoria Harrison Eastern Philosophy: the Basics Group Efffort We enjoyed this excellent introduction to Eastern Philosophy
2017 Vicent Geoghan & Rick Wiford (eds.) Political Ideologies Group Effort Good Introduction to the topic.
2016/7 Naomi Scheman Engenderings Jayne Colvin We enjoyed discussing feminist philosophy over lunch, but in places knowledge was assumed in the text we did not have.
2017 Kwame Anthony Apiah Mistaken Identities Group Effort We listened to, and discussed the 2016 Reith Lectures
2017 A H Basson David Hume Group effort We found Hume stimulating but preferred the Stanford Encyclopaedia articles on Hume to Basson's book.
2017/19 Stephen Cahn & Christine Vitrano (eds.) Happiness: Classic & Contemporary Readings in Philosophy Jayne Colvin Generating some lively discussions. Recommended.
2017/8 Julian Baggini

Ethics: the Big Questions Paperback Title: Without God Is Everything Permitted?

Group Effort We didn't always agree with Julian but found his essays stimulated some great discussions.
2018 Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince Group Effort Still very relevant in the C21st.
2018/9 Ralph A Hartman Philosophies of Language and Linguistics Group Effort Interesting topic and discussions but we do not recommend the book.
2019 David Benatar The Human Predicament Group Effort A pessimistic look at life which generated very lively discussions.
Summer 2019 Jonathan Sumption 2019 Reith Lectures Group Effort Discussion of the 2019 Reith Lectures on Law, Politics and Constitutions
2019 Thomas Hurka The Best Things in Life Group Effort A more optimistic look at some of the basic things in life which contrasted well with Benatar's approach
2019 Nigel Warburton Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction Group Effort Thoughtful introduction to a key contemporary issue.
2020 Seneca (ed. Campbell) Letters From A Stoic Group Effort Very readable, insight into Roman life & relevant to today
2020 Massimo Pugliucci et al. How To Live A Good Life: A Guide To Choosing Your Personal Philosophy  Group Effort Practitioners of 13 personal philosophies / religions tells us what and why they believe. Generated good discussions. Rather American and conservative selection. Little on how to choose, despite sub-title!
     
       
       
       
       
In addition, in most summers in recent years, we have discussed a selection of philosophical podcasts from the Philosophy Bites web site - which we recommend.      
       
       

Philosophy & Politics Local Adult Education Links

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University of the Third Age
Learning resources, forthcoming events and details of this voluntary organisation for retired and semi-retired people. No qualifications required or awarded.
Open University
For first class undergraduate and postgraduate courses in UK and all over the world. Now rather expensive - but financial help available (especially to non-graduates).
Poole Universty of the Third Age
This website gives a good idea of the wide range of Poole U3A activities.
Free On-line Philosophy Courses
This is a list of free on-line philosophy course on the openculture web site which also has many other educational on-line resources in Politics, Philosophy & other subjects.
Bournemouth U3A
Bournemouth U3A has two Philosophy groups in 2019/20. Other local U3A groups are also to be found in Dorset (e.g. Wimborne).
Oxford University Continuing Education
Currently (December 2019) 66 Philosophy and 96 Politics offerings including some on-line. Introductory Politics on-line course has Tansey & Jackson as required reading!
Southampton University Lifelong Learning
Southampton's Lifelong Learning Programme is on a limited scale - but has some interesting offerings including the Philosophy Cafe and Politics Study Days. You can also take a first degree in Philosophy or Philosophy & English on a part-time basis. The Philosophy Department hosts a series of open seminars sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy - but these are often quite technical.
Bournemouth University
The Media School has an innovative full time undergraduate course in Politics with emphasis on modern media, and postgraduate courses on Political Psychology and International Political Communications.At first degree level Politics can also be combined with Law, Sociology or Economics. There are is no Philosophy or Extra-Mural Department - but the Annual Festival of Learning is worth investigating.
Future Learn
Free Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOC) from British and overseas Universities - I enjoyed Exeter's course on Empire. More internet courses and lectures can be found on You Tube, iTunesu, AcademicEarth, Coursera, EdX and Udacity.
WEA
The WEA (the Workers Educational Association) is an excellent provider of part-time short non-examination educational courses for all adults. However no Politics or Philosophy courses are planned in 2019/20 for the local area - unless you count Winchester or Exeter! Some courses now on-line (June 2020).
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Newish Web Pages

 24th Jan 2018

The newest page on the site commemorates the life of Sue Tansey. A recent page is about Free Attractions in Dorset. Please let me have any suggestion for further content.

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