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Darren Harper – Philosophy and Creative Writing

As an adult education tutor I focus on the areas of Philosophy, Literature and Creative Writing.  I gained a 1st class honours degree in English & Creative Writing in 2012, followed by a PGCE (Lifelong Learning) in 2014 and am now undertaking a BA in Philosophy.  I have taught at A Level in both English Literature and Creative Writing, and over the past two years have taught Creative Writing to undergraduates.

For several years I have been teaching around the UK delivering residential courses at Dillington House in Somerset, Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire, the Green Park Hotel in Perthshire and, of course, Higham Hall in the Lake District.  Additionally, I have also started to offer a range of on-line courses in these subjects on my website darrenharper.net and post frequently on my Facebook page Darren Harper Courses.

I have written theatre reviews, plays, short stories and contributed to an anthology of graphic short stories.  I have also interviewed, chaired and given both talks and workshops at the Borderlines Book Festival and Hexham Book Festival.  Additionally, I have given philosophy talks to U3A groups, writing workshops to writing groups and delivered CPD workshops on Stoicism.

My main interests in philosophy are political philosophy, comparative philosophy and religion, aesthetics and ethics, especially applied ethics, existentialism and Stoicism.  I enjoy applying philosophical ideas to contemporary issues in an attempt to challenge ‘the tyranny of custom’.

We design our courses to meet the expectations of three particular types of student:

  • those who already have undergone some Philosophy studies including those who feel ready to tackle the meaty stuff
  • those who would enjoy a user-friendly introduction to themes. Look out especially for Darren’s courses titled THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO…

Connect with Darren:

http://www.darrenharper.net
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October 2021

A CRASH COURSE IN GLOBAL PHILOSOPHY

October 17th at 18:30 to October 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Much World Philosophy has historically been ignored by the West. Yet, if it is a love of wisdom, there is no doubt that the Philosophy of other cultures can only enrich us. Explore some of the Philosophical contributions from the rest of the globe, including India, China, and the Muslim world. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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November 2021

THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO RELIGION AND ATHEISM

November 28th at 18:30 to December 1st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Does religion still play an important part in Western societies? Taking inspiration from Alain de Botton: Religion for Atheists, we will begin by laying down the foundations of the philosophy of religion before exploring what it can still contribute to a modern society, from an atheist's point of view. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper)

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December 2021

FANTASTIC FEMALE PHILOSOPHERS

December 12th at 18:30 to December 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Female philosophers are often overlooked, and though there are few examples in the ancient and medieval worlds due to patriarchal dominance, they have made themselves salient in modernity. Celebrate the contributions made by female philosophers throughout the last two millennia, including Ban Zhao, Rosa Luxemburg, Hannah Arendt, Simone du Beauvoir and Judith Butler. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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February 2022

WRITING NON-FICTION: YOUR OWN PHILOSOPHY

Tuesday February 1, 2022 at 18:30 to Friday February 4, 2022 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Residential creative writing course for beginner and intermediates aiming for philosophical writing. Lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials, with uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. In addition to taught sessions on Finding a Subject, Structure and Style and Revising, Darren will provide extracts for discussion to help develop your own Philosophy. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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March 2022

PHILOSOPHY: THE WISDOM OF THE STOICS

Tuesday March 8, 2022 at 18:30 to Friday March 11, 2022 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Stoicism is often misunderstood as languishing through life without complaint. See how thinkers such as Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius confronted one of the key questions of the ancient world: How should we live? They supplied us with pragmatic ways in which to flourish. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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