Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Saturday 25 February 2017

Philosophy Breakfast

NEW PHILOSOPHY BREAKFAST IN 2017

PHILOSOPHY AND THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY PT I

SATURDAYS 3.00 – 4.30pm from 25th March 2017 – 22nd April

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PART I (‘FIT THE FIRST’)

Week 1 – The animal that wants to be eaten

Week 2 – ‘Grotesque bad taste’

Week 3 – Art: the finest & the third worst

Week 4 – 42 and all that

Week 5 – ‘He is in his office, but he’s on an intergalactic cruise.’

Sessions will run weekly at the bookshop. Prior exposure to philosophy (or the work of Douglas Adams) is not required.

The fee for this 5 week course is £65 and includes tea, crumpets and conserves.

It is possible to attend only one part of the course. Towels optional. Panic unnecessary.

To book your place, send us an email or call on 01206 824050

PHILOSOPHY AND THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY PART II

SATURDAYS 3.00 – 4.30 from 6th May – 3rd June

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PART II (‘FIT THE SECOND’)

Week 6 – Genuine People personalities

Week 7 – Is Tricia Trillian?

Week 8 – The Man Who Rules the Universe

Week 9 – God and Logic

Week 10 – WSOGMM and AUPSLOPT

Sessions will run weekly at the bookshop. Prior exposure to philosophy (or the work of Douglas Adams) is not required.

The fee for this 5 week course is £65 and includes tea, crumpets and conserves.

It is possible to attend only one part of the course. Towels optional. Panic unnecessary.

To book your place, send us an email or call on 01206 824050

Dr Nicholas Joll

PHILOSOPHY & THE EVERYDAY PART I with Dr Nick Joll

SATURDAYS 10.00 – 11.30am from 29th April to 27th May

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PART I.

  1. Animals
  2. Nature
  3. Citizenship and activism
  4. Media ethics
  5. Rhetoric and logic

The fee for this 5 week course is £65 and includes the continental breakfast of croissants, conserves and fresh coffee.

It is possible to attend only one part of the course.

PHILOSOPHY & THE EVERYDAY PART II with Dr Nick Joll

SATURDAYS 10.00 – 11.30am from 10th June to 8th July

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Part II

  1. Philosophy of education
  2. Multiculturalism
  3. Technology and economy
  4. Philosophy and privilege
  5. Living less wrongly: Adorno’s ethic for dark times

The fee for this 5 week course is £65 and includes the continental breakfast of croissants, conserves and fresh coffee.

It is possible to attend only one part of the course.

PREVIOUS COURSES

PHILOSOPHERS ANCIENT AND MODERN

PART I – HERACLITUS TO BERKELEY

SATURDAYS 10.00 – 11.30 from 10th Sept to 8th Oct

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Week 1 – Heraclitus: identity and paradox

Week 2 – Plato: reality and perfection

Week 3 – Aristotle: ‘being is said in many ways’

Week 4 – Descartes: knowledge, scepticism, dualism

Week 5 – Berkeley: to be is to be perceived

The course will run on Saturday 10th, 17th and 24th September, and 1st and 8th October – A friendly, welcoming atmosphere is guaranteed.

No preparation is required, although at the end of each week’s session a list of optional reading (and watching and listening) will be provided. Often, and especially during part I of the course, that reading will include material from The Story of Philosophy, by Garvey and Stangroom. This is available from the bookshop at a special discount. Russell’s History of Western Philosophy would be useful too.

It is possible to attend only half of the course (i.e. part I but not part II, and vice-versa). No familiarity with philosophy is required.

The fee for this 5 week course is £60 and includes the continental breakfast of croissants, conserves and fresh coffee.

To book your place, send us an email or call on 01206 824050

PART II – KANT TO MURDOCH

SATURDAYS 10.00 – 11.30 from 22nd Oct to 19th Nov 

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Week 6 – Kant: the possibility of metaphysics

Week 7 – Nietzsche: ‘God is dead’

Week 8 – Husserl and Heidegger: phenomenology

Week 9 – Wittgenstein: ‘Don’t think, but look!’

Week 10 – Iris Murdoch on moral vision

The course will run on Saturday 22nd and 29th October, and 5th, 12th and 19th November – A friendly, welcoming atmosphere is guaranteed.

No preparation is required, although at the end of each week’s session a list of optional reading (and watching and listening) will be provided. Often, and especially during part I of the course, that reading will include material from The Story of Philosophy, by Garvey and Stangroom. This is available from the bookshop at a special discount. Russell’s History of Western Philosophy would be useful too.

It is possible to attend only half of the course (i.e. part I but not part II, and vice-versa). No familiarity with philosophy is required.

The fee for this 5 week course is £60 and includes the continental breakfast of croissants, conserves and fresh coffee.

To book your place, send us an email or call on 01206 824050

PREVIOUS COURSES

PART II – PHILSOPHICAL TOPICS

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SATURDAYS 10.00 – 11.30 FROM 11th June to 9th July

Week 6 – Art. What is art? What is its value?

Week 7 – Personal identity. Is the ‘me’ of ten years ago really me? How are we to figure identity over time?

Week 8 –  Scepticism. What are the main ‘sceptical’ arguments in philosophy? Can they be rebutted?

Week 9 –  Objectivity. What is it? How does it relate to subjectivity?

Week 10 –  Things. Heidegger and Borgmann on ‘focal things and practices’.

The course will run on Saturday 11th, 18th and 25th June and the 2nd and 9th of July.

No preparation is required, although at the end of each week’s session a list of optional reading (and watching and listening) will be provided. Often, and especially during part I of the course, that reading will include material from Nigel Warburton’s book, Philosophy: The Basics which the bookshop will sell at a discount.

It is possible to attend only half of the course (i.e. part I but not part II, and vice-versa). No familiarity with philosophy is required. A friendly, welcoming atmosphere is guaranteed.

The fee for this 5 week course is £60 and includes the continental breakfast of croissants, conserves and fresh coffee.

To book your place, send us an email or call on 01206 824050

LIKE THIS? YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY ‘READING PHILOSOPHY’

PART I – GOD, LIFE AND ETHICS

SATURDAYS 10.00 – 11.30 FROM 30th April to 28th May

Week 1 – God. How good are the main arguments for the existence of God?

Week 2 – Life. Does life have a meaning? If so, what is it? If life has no meaning, is that a problem?

Week 3 – Utility. (ethics, #1). What is ‘utilitarianism’? Should we accept it?

Week 4 – Rights. (ethics, #2). What are rights? Where do they come from? Which rights do we have?

Week 5 – Virtue. (ethics, #3). Do we need an ethic of flourishing and of the virtues?

The course will run on Saturday 30th April and 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th May.

No preparation is required, although at the end of each week’s session a list of optional reading (and watching and listening) will be provided. Often, and especially during part I of the course, that reading will include material from Nigel Warburton’s book, Philosophy: The Basics which the bookshop will sell at a discount.

It is possible to attend only half of the course (i.e. part I but not part II, and vice-versa). No familiarity with philosophy is required. A friendly, welcoming atmosphere is guaranteed.

The fee for this 5 week course is £60 and includes the continental breakfast of croissants, conserves and fresh coffee.

To book your place, send us an email or call on 01206 824050

LIKE THIS? YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY ‘READING PHILOSOPHY’

Introducing Nicholas Joll

Dr Nicholas Joll

Nicholas is the editor of Philosophy and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), of which Philosophy Nowmagazine said

‘The idea of the ever-expanding line-up of ‘and Philosophy’ books that use pop culture to introduce people to philosophy is to use television shows, movies, comic books and so on, such as this one, as a vehicle to explore basic (and sometimes not-so-basic) concepts in philosophy. Some of these books turn out better than others. This collection is perhaps one of the best examples to date [. .]‘

Read the full review here, and more on Nicholas’s blog here

Nicholas lives in Wivenhoe, got his PhD from the University of Essex, and has taught at the Universities of Essex and Hertfordshire and with the Open University. Outside philosophy, his interests include chess, chillies, and chickens.

 

Farewell to Colin

Colin Philips, retiring philosopher

Colin Phillips, our philosophy tutor for over a decade, retired recently from ‘Philosophy Breakfast’.

The Saturday morning sessions originated from a pub conversation during which we asked Colin if it would be possible to hold a discussion group making philosophical issues such as free will, justice, and God accessible and pertinent to people’s daily lives.

“Absolutely” stated Colin, and so ‘Philosophy Breakfast’ was born, a winning combination of stimulating debate in good company with great coffee and fresh croissants.

A decade later, it is still as popular as ever, and we’re indebted to Colin for both the initial realization of our idea, and ten exciting years of lively group discussion of key philosophical questions.

To express our appreciation we surprised Colin with a farewell drinks gathering, during which we presented him with a rather dashing scarf and matching gloves. Thank you Colin, for all you’ve done for the bookshop.

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