Philosophy & Literature: Cumbria the Lakes

Mary Wollstonecraft: A Journey into Feminist Philosophy

Date

Saturday 23rd March 2024. 2pm until 4pm

Venue

Penrith Methodist Church, Wordsworth Street, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7QY

Fee

£14 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Embark on a transformative exploration of Mary Wollstonecraft’s groundbreaking feminist philosophy. In this half-day course, we delve into the challenges faced by women in the 18th century, extracting the essence of Wollstonecraft’s call for education and equality. Through thought-provoking discussions, creative activities, and reflections, we will unravel the historical roots of feminism and discern its resounding relevance in the modern world. Join us for an intellectually stimulating encounter with one of history’s visionary minds, leaving with fresh perspectives on gender equality.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Date

Friday 5th April 2024. 2pm until 4pm

Venue

Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

Fee

£18 each or £32 for 2 [including refreshments]

Description

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.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either ring Higham Hall on 017687 76276 or email admin@highamhall.com

Talk & Tea: A Philosopher's Guide to Identity
Scholasticism and the Age of Faith: Anselm and Aquinas

Date

Friday 19th April 2023. 10am until 12noon

Venue

Abbot Hall Social Centre, Dowker's Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4DN

Fee

£14 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Embark on a profound journey, as we trace the rise of Scholasticism in the High Middle Ages. Uncover Anselm of Canterbury's impactful ontological argument and delve into the intersection of faith and reason in the Christian worldview. Discover the life and works of Thomas Aquinas, examining his synthesis of Aristotelian philosophy with Christian theology. Engage in lively discussions on how Aquinas's legacy resonates in our modern understanding of faith and reason during this half-day course.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Radical Vision of Feminist Utopia

Date

Saturday 20th April 2024. 2pm until 4pm

Venue

Penrith Methodist Church, Wordsworth Street, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7QY

Fee

£14 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Embark on a captivating exploration of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's radical feminist vision in this half-day course. Delve into the challenges faced by women in the late 19th century and uncover Gilman's utopian ideals through engaging discussions and activities. Discover the profound relevance of her ideas in today's context, pondering how her vision of gender equality and societal transformation continues to resonate. Join us for an enlightening journey into the thought of a trailblazing feminist whose vision transcends time.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Date

Friday 10th May 2024. 2pm until 4pm

Venue

Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

Fee

£18 each or £32 for 2 [including refreshments]

Description

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 the licentious labyrinth of human experience.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either ring Higham Hall on 017687 76276 or email admin@highamhall.com

Talk & Tea: A Philosopher's Guide to Pleasure
Mysticism and the Human Experience: Meister Eckhart and Julian of Norwich

Date

Friday 17th May 2023. 10am until 12noon

Venue

Abbot Hall Social Centre, Dowker's Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4DN

Fee

£14 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

In this illuminating half-day course, we will unravel the essence of mysticism in medieval thought, examining its intricate relationship with scholasticism. Immerse yourself in the profound teachings of Meister Eckhart, a mystic philosopher, and explore the divine revelations of Julian of Norwich. Engage in captivating discussions on how these mystics shaped perceptions of God and human existence. The interactive session invites participants to delve into worldview from these two thinkers, reflecting upon the enduring relevance of mysticism in contemporary spirituality.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Hannah Arendt: The Quest for Political Freedom

Date

Saturday 18th May 2024. 2pm until 4pm

Venue

Penrith Methodist Church, Wordsworth Street, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7QY

Fee

£14 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Embark on a riveting exploration of Hannah Arendt's political philosophy in this half-day course. Uncover her profound insights on political freedom, delving into the challenges she confronted in the mid-20th century. Engage in dynamic discussions and activities that reveal the enduring relevance of Arendt's ideas in our contemporary political landscape. Join us for an intellectual journey, where the quest for political freedom becomes a lens through which to comprehend and navigate the complexities of our modern world.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Date

Friday 5th July 2024. 2pm until 4pm

Venue

Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

Fee

£18 each or £32 for 2 [including refreshments]

Description

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 above nature,” resonate in a world balancing technological marvels and ecological consciousness? Join us in exploring these questions, as we attempt to guide ourselves towards a harmonious coexistence with nature in our ever-evolving world.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either ring Higham Hall on 017687 76276 or email admin@highamhall.com

Talk & Tea: A Philosopher's Guide to Nature
End of the Middle Ages: Ockham and the Transition to the Renaissance

Date

Friday 19th July 2023. 10am until 12noon

Venue

Abbot Hall Social Centre, Dowker's Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4DN

Fee

£14 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Embark on a compelling exploration as we navigate the challenges and changes in the late medieval period, witnessing the decline of Scholasticism and the ascent of nominalism. Uncover the life and works of William of Ockham, delving into the profound impact of nominalism on philosophy and theology. Engage in stimulating discussions on Ockham's legacy and his pivotal role in shaping the intellectual climate, exploring the seeds of Renaissance thought. The half-day course invites participants to delve into Ockham's worldview, contemplating the transition from medieval to Renaissance thought and its enduring echoes in the modern era.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Simone de Beauvoir: Existential Freedom and Feminist Inquiry

Date

Saturday 20th July 2024. 2pm until 4pm

Venue

Penrith Methodist Church, Wordsworth Street, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7QY

Fee

£14 [or pay what you can afford]

Description

Embark on an intellectual journey into the profound philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir in this half-day course. Uncover the essence of existential freedom and feminist inquiry, exploring the challenges she confronted in her quest for gender equality. Engage in dynamic discussions and creative activities, discovering the enduring relevance of de Beauvoir's ideas in the complex landscape of contemporary society. Join us for an exploration of existential empowerment, inspiring a deeper understanding of personal freedom and its implications in the 21st century.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you to eventbrite, or email darrenharper.esq@gmail.com

Date

Friday 6th September 2024. 2pm until 4pm

Venue

Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

Fee

£18 each or £32 for 2 [including refreshments]

Description

Ever pondered the philosophical intricacies of ageing? Can Confucian virtues guide us through the challenges of later life, emphasizing harmony and virtue? How do David Hume’s skeptical reflections on personal identity and time influence our pursuit of happiness in the twilight years? Join us on an intellectually stimulating journey where these questions unravel the profound philosophy woven into the fabric of our later years.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either ring Higham Hall on 017687 76276 or email admin@highamhall.com

Talk & Tea: A Philosopher's Guide to Ageing