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Summer Vacation Workshop Programme

We have been discussing Philosophy Bites Podcasts as follows: -

    When Where What
11/07/18  John's Robert Wright – Why Buddhism is True

25/07/18 

Steve's Larry Temkin – Obligations to the Needy
08/08/18  Steve's Sarah Fine – the Right to Exclude [People from Territories]
22/08/18  Barbara's Eric Schwitzgebel on Scepticism
05/09/18  Barbara's Philip Pettit on Robustly Demanding Goods [including Love & Friendship!]
19/09/18  John's Katalin Farkas on Knowing Another Person

U3A Spring 2019 Let’s Do Philosophy

 

Where: Leader's Home

You are invited to share in the reading of a book entitled Happiness: Classic and Contemporary Readings in Philosophy by Stephen Cahn & Christine Vitrano (eds.), Oxford University Press, 2007

Conceptions of happiness are central to moral philosophy. Theories of ethics raise any questions about the nature and role of happiness in life, some of these may be controversial. I hope to create a little happiness in disussing these ideas.

Contemporary Theories on Happiness

This course has been postponed until January because of illness. We wish Jayne a swift recovery.

 

Date to be arranged

A Happiness as Pleasure

Pleasure & Happiness

Why Hedonism is False

 

Davis

Haybron

Date to be arranged

B Happiness as Satisfaction

Attitudinal & Episodic Happiness

Happiness and Time

 

Kekes

Tatarkiewicz

Date to be arranged

C Happiness as More Than Satisfaction

Two Conceptions of Happiness

Virtue Ethics

 

 

Kraut

Taylor

Date to be arranged

C Happiness as More than Satisfaction

The Experience Machine

Happiness as Achievement

 

 

Nozick

Annas

Date to be arranged

D Happiness & Virtue

Virtue and Eudaimoism

 

Annas

 

 

Date to be arranged

 

D Happiness and Virtue

Happiness and Immmorality

Happiness and Morality

 

Cahn/Murphy

Vitrano

 

 

The Philosophy Workshop in December 2016:-

Philosophy Group 2016 (2)

Autumn 2018 Workshop Programme

We shall be studying first Machiavelli's Prince in the Penguin translation by George Bull;

second The Philosophy of Language & Linguistics by Ralph Hartman published by Haralex, Edinburgh

        When Where What Led By
26/09/18  John's Introduction – In Our Time Programme

Judy

03/10/18  Steve's The Prince Chs. I - VI Renny
10/10/18  Steve's The Prince Chs. VII – X Peter
17/10/18  Barbara's The Prince Chs. XI – XIV Sue
24/10/18  Barbara's The Prince Chs. XV – XIX John
31/10/18  John's The Prince Chs. XX – XXVI Barbara
07/11/18  John's Machiavelli Today Steve
14/11/18  Steve's? Philosophy of Language 1 & 2: Plato & Aristotle Pam
21/11/18  Steve's ? Philosophy of Language 3 Saussure Pat

28/11/18 

Barbara's Philosophy of Language 4a Wittgenstein's Tractatus Dee
       
       

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 Our least favourite text
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 discusiing feminist philosophy over lunch.
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.
2017/8 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.
     
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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.
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.
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.
Bournemouth U3A
Bournemouth U3A is particularly strong in Philosophy groups.
Oxford University Continuing Education
Currently (February 2017) 67 Philosophy offerings some on-line & in Newbury and elsewhere as well as in Oxford itself. 80 Politics offerings. Jackson & Tansey is one of two recommended texts for the on-line Introduction to Politics course!
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
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 or Economics. There are is no Philosophy or Extra-Mural Department - but the Annual Festival of Learning is worth investigating.
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 2018/19 for the local area - unless you count Winchester!
Bournemouth & Poole College
In 2018/19 there are no Philosophy courses but 'A' level Government and Politics is available.'A' level Religious Studies has some philosophical content too.
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The Autumn Programme for the U3A Poole Philosophy Workshop group is now on the U3A Poole Philosophy Page.

We also meet fortnightly in the summer vacation we are so keen! Anyone can come for a sample session.

The Let's Do Philosophy sessions have now been postponed until January 2019.

Philosophy Links

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Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
My first port of call for introductory articles on philosophers and philosophical topics
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
High quality articles on philosophers and philosophical subjects.
Philosophy Pages
Useful guide for beginning Philosophy students.
Philosophy Bites
Short interviews with contemporary philosophers.
Squashed Philosophers
Abbreviated versions of many classic texts - usually readable in c. 1 hour!
History of Philosophy
Peter Adamson's 'History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps' - 20 minute talks. Added to regularly and has now (February 2017) reached the Fourteenth Century in Europe. Having covered Philosophy in Classical India, Classical Greek & Rome, Later Antiquity and Medieval Europe as well as Islamic & Jewish Philosophy.
Academic Earth
Free Philosophy & Politics Courses. More courses and lectures can be found on You Tube,iTunesu, Futurelearn, Coursera, EdX and Udacity.
Justice Lectures
Michael Sandel's excellent free course on Justice with Readings and Discussion Guides.
Adelaide University ebooks
Contains many classic philosophy texts and useful links. Texts also found on Project Gutenberg.
Please let me know of any sites which would be particularly useful for beginning Philosophy students using the feedback page.

See also Politics Links on other pages

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The newest page on the site offers my house in Canford Cliifs, Poole, Dorset for sale once more following the withdrawal of a purchaser. It is a unique Arts & Crafts seaside villa of immense charm and character.

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.

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 provisionally entitled What Should We Do? (Apologies to Tolstoy!) Your comments would be very welcome!

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