Philosophy & Literature: Residential

The Philosophy and Literature of Henrik Ibsen [three night course]

Dates

Starts 6.30pm on Tuesday 2nd April 2024.

Ends 13.30pm on Friday 5th April 2024.

Venue

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

Fees

Residential £390 | Non-residential £270

Description

“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 plays of Henrik Ibsen, one of the most influential playwrights in Western literature. One of the leading proponents of modernism in theatre, he was known as the ‘father of realism’ and his work took an unsentimental look at the realities of life and issues of morality behind the facades of polite society. We will look particularly at Ibsen’s later works, including A Doll’s House (1879), Ghosts (1882), An Enemy of the People (1882) and Hedda Gabler (1891).

Booking

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

Dates

Starts 6.30pm on Tuesday 7th May 2024.

Ends 13.30pm on Friday 10th May 2024.

Venue

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

Fees

Residential £390 | Non-residential £270

Description

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, crafting a resilient mindset rooted in the principles of virtue and acceptance.

Booking

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

An Introduction to Zen and Japanese Philosophy [three night course]

Dates

Starts 6.30pm on Tuesday 2nd July 2024.

Ends 13.30pm on Friday 5th July 2024.

Venue

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

Fees

Residential £390 | Non-residential £270

Description

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 and Indian philosophy, modern Japanese thought draws on both of these cultural influences, resulting in a rich religio-philosophical worldview which underpins Japanese aesthetic concepts such as Wabi-Sabi and the practice of traditional arts such as calligraphy and poetry. Using lectures, literature, discussion and meditation, this course will explore the key philosophical tenets of Japanese culture before focusing on Zen as a philosophical and practical way of life.

Booking

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

Philosophy and Film [three night course]

Dates

Starts 6.30pm on Tuesday 3rd September 2024.

Ends 13.30pm on Friday 6th September 2024.

Venue

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

Fees

Residential £390 | Non-residential £270

Description

Immerse yourself in an intellectual sojourn as we navigate the interplay between existential philosophy and the visual language of film, where the profound meets the poetic to forge a unique tapestry of introspection and reflection. Following a now-familiar format, this course is built around a series of structured sessions involving screenings and guided discussion, and invites you to consider the ways in which different films engage key philosophical themes to challenge, expose or subvert social mores, reflect on the ineffable beauty of existence or posit the meaning of life. Films will include Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013), Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003), Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000), and The Tree of Life (Terence Malick, 2011).

Booking

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