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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:-

Philosophy Group 2016 (2)

       
       
       
       

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).      
       
       

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.
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!
Bournemouth & Poole College
In 2019/20 there are no Philosophy courses but 'A' level Politics is available.
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Philosophy Group News

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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.

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.
400+ Free Philosophy Resources on the Web
The most useful guide to web resources for beginning Philosophy students I have found.
Ask Philosophers
91 Professional Philosophers answer a host of questions
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 (November 2018) Byzantine Philosophy. Having covered Philosophy in Classical India, Classical Greek & Rome, Later Antiquity and Medieval Europe as well as Islamic, Jewish and Precolonial African Philosophy.
Justice Lectures
Michael Sandel's excellent free course on Justice with Readings and Discussion Guides.
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg makes available for free on-line almost all philosophical texts which are out of copyright- and many many other books on all topics.
Academic Earth
Free Philosophy & Politics Courses. More courses and lectures can be found on You Tube,iTunesu, Futurelearn, Coursera, EdX and Udacity.
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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

Article Listing

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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.

www.intergage.co.uk