THE PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE OF HENRIK IBSEN

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” (An Enemy of the People) What is the relationship between the community and individual? Is 

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TALK & TEA: A PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO IDENTITY

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Who are you? Is the self immutable? Are you still the same person after you retire? In this talk, with the help of philosopher Amartya Sen, we will explore not only the 

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LANDSCAPES AND GARDENS IN LITERATURE

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Gardens and landscapes have always been important to writers. This weekend course offers the opportunity to enjoy and discuss the writings of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and other (PERIOD?) novelists 

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STOICISM: CULTIVATING RESILIENCE AND TRANQUILITY WITHIN

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Embark on a transformative journey into Stoicism and delve into the profound teachings of Stoic philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus. This course goes beyond positive thinking, offering 

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TALK & TEA: A PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO PLEASURE

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Ever contemplated the intricacies of pleasure?  Can John Stuart Mill’s philosophy distinguish between higher and lower pleasures guide us toward a more fulfilling life?  How does Epicurus’ pursuit of tranquil pleasure challenge 

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THE WOMEN WRITERS OF THE LAKES

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

The literary landscape of the Lake District has been dominated by men while its female writers of both the 19th and 20th century have been overlooked. The course will look 

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ZEN AND JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Japanese philosophy has historically been a fusion of both indigenous Shinto and continental religions such as Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Having spent centuries in the orbit of both Chinese philosophy 

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TALK & TEA: A PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO NATURE

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Ever pondered the profound mysteries of nature?  Can Arne Naess’s deep ecology unveil the wisdom inherent in our connection with the natural world? How does Soga Ryojin’s assertion, “We cannot rise 

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WHAT IS FREEDOM OF THE WILL? DO WE HAVE IT?

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Most people believe that they have freedom of the will. Philosophers, however, disagree over whether or not this belief is correct. In this short course, we will consider religious, scientific, ethical 

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