Philosophy & Literature: London & Surrey

An Introduction to Zen and Japanese Philosophy [day course]

Date

Tuesday 9th January 2024. 10am until 3pm

Venue

Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LH

Fees

£42.50 | Concessions £40 | Members £35

Description

Much of the world's philosophy has historically been ignored by the West. Yet, if philosophy is the love of wisdom, there is no doubt that the philosophy of other cultures can enrich us further still. This day course will explore the Japanese philosophy of Zen, focusing on two important schools: Soto and Rinzai. We will then go on a journey with an ox and ask, "What can Zen teach us today?"

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you directly to the relevant page of the Guildford Institute's website, or you can ring the Guildford Institute on 01483 562142.

The Philosophy and Literature of Dostoevsky [day course]

Date

Thursday 11th January 2024. 10.30am until 3.30pm

Venue

The Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11 South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BS

Fees

£65 | Members £55

Description

Can evil means justify honourable ends? This is the question Fyodor Dostoevsky invites the reader to contemplate in his novel Crime and Punishment. In this day course we will explore some of the philosophical themes in this novel, including ‘Free Will’ and ‘Morality’, as we discuss this question and others. We will also compare our ideas with the ‘The Grand Inquisitor’ section from the Brothers Karamazov.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you directly to the relevant page of the HLSI's website, or you can ring the HLSI on 020 8340 3343.

The Philosophy and Literature of Tolstoy [day course]

Date

Friday 12th January 2024. 10.30am until 3.30pm

Venue

The Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11 South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BS

Fees

£65 | Members £55

Description

Having done everything ‘properly’, Ivan Ilyich, upon realising he is near death, begins to ask about the meaning of his life. In his short story The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Lev Tolstoy is inviting the reader to reflect upon the purpose of life, the inevitability of death, and the authenticity of our existence. In this day course we will explore and discuss these existential themes. We will also compare our ideas from this short story with Tolstoy’s brief autobiographical story A Confession.

Booking

To book a place on this course, you can either use the 'Book' button to take you directly to the relevant page of the HLSI's website, or you can ring the HLSI on 020 8340 3343.