A day course in modern philosophy with Dr Mark Vernon.
Date: Sunday 16th November 2014
Time: 11am – 5pm
Description: A lively, day crash course in philosophy, exploring the essentials you need to know about the modern figures from Descartes to Nietzsche, and examining the origins of the western tradition since the 17th century. The day will comprise of talks from Mark and group discussions, and there will be time for you to ask Mark any of your burning philosophical questions.
We begin with Descartes, and continue by looking at two different stances in philosophy, empiricism and idealism. Along the way, we will be introduced to figures including Hobbes and Locke, Kant and Bishop Berkeley – key players in the birth of liberal, Enlightened ideas. These are crucial for understanding many of the assumptions we take for granted today, from what counts as knowledge, through what makes a good life, to who we are as human individuals. Finally, we will look at some particular issues in philosophy – the philosophy of science and the philosophy of religion.
Order of the day
11:00 – 11:15 Arrival, tea & coffee and Introductions
11:15 – 12:00 Descartes and the birth of modernity
12:00 – 1:00 Empiricism, Idealism and the Enlightenment
1:00 – 1:45 Lunch and open symposium
1:45 – 3:00 The philosophy of the self
3:00 – 3:30 Tea and cake
3:30 – 4:30 The philosophy of science and religion
4:30 – 5:00 Conclusions, winter punch. END