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Darren Harper – (Philosophy & Philosophical Writing)

http://www.darrenharper.net
  • adult education tutor for Cumbria in Philosophy & Literature
  • college teacher in English
  • currently reading for an MA in Philosophy
With Darren’s help, we aim to enable students to develop a deeper engagement with the world, using a juxtaposition of high and low culture, and a variety of sources including film and literature) to make classes engaging, as well as thought provoking.

Darren is now focusing on two aspects related to Philosophy:

  • The study of ways of thinking
  • The expression of thinking

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…
  • those who wish to express thoughts on paper through PHILOSOPHICAL WRITING
FEEDBACK FOLLOWING DARREN’S COURSES:
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“Great, just what I wanted. Super tutor.”
“I thought this was a wonderful course! The tutor was engaging, enthusiastic and thoroughly prepared…” “… (A) Life-enhancing weekend. So good to made made to think so deeply.”
“Really enjoyed this course, got me thinking and also made me read a genre that I had not tackled before. Thankyou.”
“A very stimulating and enjoyable course. Darren is a very engaging tutor who was well organised and constantly encouraging.”
“I’ve been meaning to develop my thinking skills and this helps me do just that. Darren makes it enjoyable and extremely worthwhile. I feel like I actually know something now, thanks.”
“Very enjoyable even though some of the concepts are challenging, Darren helped us to understand them properly.”
“A super stretch for my mind! Good to discuss and know others thoughts and opinions as well.”

October 2019

THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO PROUST

October 23rd at 18:30 to October 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Suitable for anyone simply wishing to get those little grey cells stimulated, find out why so many people consider the writings of Marcel Proust as indispensable to life, love and humanity. Let the incomparable Darren gently guide you. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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November 2019

THE PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE OF TOLSTOY

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

The author of Anna Karenina and, of course, War and Peace. Let Darren enlighten you as to what this literary giant was saying to a society poised for radical changes. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229

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December 2019

THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO STEINBECK

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

Suitable for anyone simply wishing to get those little grey cells stimulated. John Steinbeck won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”. Darren will explain further... Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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January 2020

RELIGION FOR ATHEISTS

Sunday January 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Humans have traditionally had something to believe in and as such have been prone to all interpretations of perceived truth. Let Darren present a perspective which considers various thinkings and ideas so you can discuss the notions from a modern context. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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February 2020

WRITING FICTION: SECOND AND THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW AND THE EPIPHANY

Sunday February 16, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday February 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Lectures, exercises and individual tutorials with uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. Opt out as you wish to continue work on an existing project, or attend all sessions to gain insight and inspiration. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 Limited Spaces

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THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO PINTER

Friday February 28, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 1, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A Nobel Prizewinner, Harold Pinter was one of our most influential modern British dramatists. Darren will show you why he will continue to be so respected. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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March 2020

PHILOSOPHY: THE MYSTIQUE OF EXISTENTIALISM

Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday April 3, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Now Darren tackles the human condition that thinkers the likes of Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre dwelt upon and themselves influenced much that came after. We’ll try to avoid any angst! Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 Limited Spaces

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