Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Friday 26 May 2017

Reading Philosophy

NEW ‘READING PHILOSOPHY’ COURSE BEGINS WEDNESDAY 11th May 2016!

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Reading Philosophy – a 6 week course with Dr Nicholas Joll

”Freedom Regained’ by Julian Baggini

Wednesdays 2.30 – 4.00pm from 11th May

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Each week we will tackle one or more of Baggini’s chapters. Attendees are asked to read the relevant material before the session. Nicholas will open each session by giving a summary of the session’s material. The bulk of each meeting will be spent in discussion, with Nicholas exercising a light guiding hand.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available mid-session.

‘In this compelling book, Julian Baggini explores the concept of free will from every angle, blending philosophy, neuroscience, sociology and cognitive science.

Freedom Regained brings the issues raised by the possibilities – and denials – of free will to vivid life, drawing on scientific research and fascinating encounters with expert witnesses, from artists to addicts, prisoners to dissidents. Contemporary thinking tells us that free will is an illusion, and Baggini challenges this position, providing instead a new, more positive understanding of our sense of personal freedom: a freedom worth having.’

Publisher’s Synopsis

Sessions take place weekly on Wednesdays, 2:30pm–4.00pm on 11th, 18th, and 25th of May, and the 1st, 8th and 15th June.

The fee for this 6 week course is £70 and includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

There will  be a 10% discount on the course book, ‘Freedom Regained’ by Julian Baggini.

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

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PREVIOUS COURSES

Reading Philosophy – a 6 week course with Dr Nicholas Joll

‘Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?’ by Michael Sandel

Wednesdays 2.00 – 3.30pm from 2nd March

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Sandel is a professor at Harvard and ‘Justice’ is based on a famous, long-running lecture course. The book is stimulating, wide-ranging and fairly introductory. Moreover, it contains striking examples from the contemporary world. Each week we will tackle one or more of Sandel’s chapters. Attendees are asked to read the relevant material before the session. Nicholas will open each session by giving a summary of the session’s material. The bulk of each meeting will be spent in discussion, with Nicholas exercising a light guiding hand. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available mid-session.

Questions that will be at issue include the following.

Dr Nicholas Joll

Dr Nicholas Joll

– What do we mean when we speak of ‘justice’?

– Is morality essentially cost-benefit analysis (as utilitarianism would have it)?

– What is the proper role of morality in politics?

– When is taxation just?

– Is ‘positive discrimination’ just?

Week 1 – Advance reading: ch. 1, ‘Doing the Right Thing’

Week 2 – Advance Reading: ch. 2, ‘The Greatest Happiness Principle / Utilitarianism’; and ch. 3, ‘Do we Own Ourselves? / Libertarianism’

Week 3 – Advance Reading: ch. 4, ‘Hired Help / Markets and Morals’

Week 4 – Advance Reading: ch. 5, ‘What Matters is the Motive / Immanuel Kant’; and ch. 6, ‘The Case for Equality / John Rawls’

Week 5 – Advance Reading: ch. 7, ‘Arguing Affirmative Action’; and ch. 8, ‘Who Deserves What? / Aristotle’

Week 6 – Advance Reading: ch. 9, ‘What do we Owe one Another? Dilemmas of Loyalty’; and ch. 10, ‘Justice and the Common Good’

 Sessions take place weekly on Wednesdays, 2:00pm–3.30pm on 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March, and on 6th April.

The fee for this 6 week course is £70 and includes tea, coffee and biscuits. NB participants currently enrolled for Part I or II of the ‘Philosophy Breakfast’ course will receive a special introductory 10% discount i.e. fees will be £63.

There will also be a 10% discount on the course book, ‘Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?’ by Michael Sandel.

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

LIKE THIS? YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY ‘PHILOSOPHY BREAKFAST’

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