TALK & TEA: THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO SOLITUDE

Another in a series of lectures by our Philosophy Tutor Darren for anyone who would like to enrich their lives by hearing a philosophical perspective on various topics. What is the difference between loneliness and solitude?  Have you ever felt lonely in a crowd? Making reference to Existentialist philosophiser Paul Tillich; being in a body means 

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WRITING FICTION: CHARACTER AND DIALOGUE

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

A residential creative writing course aimed at both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Consisting of lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials, enjoy uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. In addition to taught sessions on ‘Character’ and ‘Dialogue,’ Darren will provide you with short stories 

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A PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO SPIRITUALLY FOR ATHEISTS

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

What is spirituality? Can it be secular or must it be sacred? Can it help to fill the god-shaped-hole left by Nietzsche? Using lectures, literature, discussion and meditation, this course will draw upon a variety of global traditions to see if, as atheists or agnostics, we can utilise the wisdom of different cultures to feel 

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TALK & TEA: THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIDLIFE

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

Why does midlife often induce incongruous changes in one’s life? Is it that the things we have spent our lives pursuing no longer hold value? Making reference to philosopher Kieran Setiya’s distinction between existential value and ameliorative value, as well as the traditional Hindu stages of life, we will explore the value of life’s goals. 

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A CRASH COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY

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

Formerly philosophy was the preserve of PhDs and the intellectually precocious, until now! In this course we will explore some of the key questions of philosophy, such as: “How do we know that we know what we know?” ; “How should we live?”; “What is the best form of society?”; “Why do bad things happen 

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TALK & TEA: A PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO AUTHENTICITY

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

What does it mean to be authentic? Just how does one ‘keep it real’? Have ideals of authenticity been corrupted by an excessively individualistic Western culture? In this talk Nietzsche (‘Become who you are’) and Heidegger (‘People are inauthentic because they allow themselves to be moulded by the group’) will help us to explore our 

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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 one more important than the other? In this course led by philosophy and literature tutor Darren Harper, we discuss society, ethics, truth and life in the 

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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 questions above, but also to what degree our identities are plural, while casting a philosophical perspective on the incendiary topic of identity politics. Darren Harper 

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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 practical insights to navigate challenges with inner strength and serenity. Explore the timeless wisdom of Stoicism through immersive discussions, reflective activities, meditations and literary explorations, 

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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 modern hedonism, encouraging a more thoughtful approach to gratification? Join us as we explore these questions and others, allowing pleasure to be our guide through 

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