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Summer Term Programme 2020

For most of the Summer term we shall be studying How To Live A Good Life: A Guide To Choosing Your Personal Philosophy edited by Massimo Pugliucci et al. Vintage Books (2020).

Draft amended 28 March.

Now planning to meet on-line - see news item (top left on Workshop Page).

Date Author Topic Led By Where
22 April Seneca The Shortness of Life Susan On-line
29 April Owen Flanagan Buddhism Pam On-line
6 May Bryan W Van Norden Confucianism Pat On-line
13 May Robin R Wang Daoism Simon On-line
20 May David R Kaufman Aristotelianism Anita On-line
27 May Massimo Pagliacci [& Andrew Holowchak] Stoicism Steve On-line
3 June Hiran Crespo Epicureanism Judy On-line
10 June Deepak Sarma Hinduism Barbara On-line
17 June Rabbi Barbara Block Judaism John On-line
24 June Alister McGrath Christianity Valerie On-line
6 July Adis Duderija Progressive Islam Renny On-line

The Philosophy Workshop in December 2016:-

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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 this years 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
     
       
       
       
In addition, every summer in recent years, we have discussed a selection of philosophical podcasts from the Philosophy Bites web site - which we recommend (but, as you can see, in 2019, for a change, we discussed the year's Reith lectures).      
       
       

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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.
Skills & Learning (Bournemouth & Poole)
Bournemouth,Christchurch, Poole and Dorset Adult Education services are now merged under this title. In 2019/20 I could find no courses which seemed relevant to Politics or Philosophy - with the doubtful exception of Mindfulness.
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We are planning to meet on-line via Skype. Members should have received an invitation to join a Philosophy Workshop group. Just click on link to participate. I believe you do not need to download Skype software to do this but it might help to do so and practice using the Skype on friends, relations or other members of the group.

I am suggesting a practice social meeting on 15 April to test the feasibility of this. Otherwise we can just 'meet' on email

Details of U3A Poole Philosophy Workshop classes are on this site. The schedule is subject to amendment and is frequently revised. Please check on this site to ensure you have the latest version. In the Summer term 2020 we will be meeting virtually by email.

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Adelaide University ebooks
Contains many classic philosophy texts and useful links. Texts also found on Project Gutenberg.
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Please let me know of any sites which would be particularly useful for beginning Philosophy students using the feedback page.

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One page on the site deals with the book I am working on at present. This is a book on Ethics and Politics in a Secular age. Your comments would be very welcome!

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

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