A Romp through Philosophy for the Complete Beginner

Course details

Code
O19P109PHJ
Fees
From £70.00

Date
Sat 23 Nov 2019
Time
9.30am - 5.15pm

A Romp through Philosophy for the Complete Beginner

Overview

The first philosophers, working before the 5th century BC, looked for natural rather than supernatural explanations. Eschewing appeal to God they asked questions such as ‘what is existence?’, ‘what is truth?’, ‘what is justice?, ‘how should we live our lives’? Modern day philosophers still ask such questions, although the modern debate would seem very strange to one of the ancient philosophers. Philosophers conduct experiments, but these are thought experiments, constrained not by the laws of nature but the laws of logic. During these lectures we shall be looking at the history of philosophy, at the methodology used by modern day philosophers and at why philosophy is still needed in the context of the success of science. No prior experience of philosophy will be assumed.

 

Programme details

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2019

 

9.15am           Course Registration

9.30am           In the beginning                   

10.30am         Tea / coffee

11.00am         The sub-disciplines of philosophy

12.30pm         Break / bar open

12.45pm         Lunch

2.00pm           Philosophy and science

3.15pm           Coffee / tea

3.45pm           Philosophy in the modern world

4.45pm           Question and answer

5.15pm           Course disperses

 

ALL LECTURES WILL BE GIVEN BY MARIANNE TALBOT

 

 

 

Recommended reading

SUGGESTED READING:

Gibson, Peter: Philosophy, Degree in a Book Arcturus, 2018

Podcast

A Romp Through Philosophy for Complete Beginners, by Marianne Talbot, University of Oxford podcasts:  https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/romp-through-philosophy-complete-beginners (prospective participants shouldn’t worry that the lectures will repeat these podcasts –  if you like the style of the podcasts these lectures are for you).

 

 

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House on Friday and / or Saturday night.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.

 

 

Fees

Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £70.00
Baguette: £5.00
Hot Lunch: £15.00

Funding

If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses

 

Tutor

Ms Marianne Talbot

Course Tutor & Director of Studies

 

Marianne Talbot took her first degree at London University, then her B.Phil at Oxford (Corpus Christi College). She has taught for the colleges of Oxford University for 30 years (1987 – 1990 at Pembroke College, 1991 – 2000 at Brasenose College). She has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at OUDCE since 2001. She is the author of Bioethics: An Introduction, and Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic. Marianne’s podcasts have been hugely popular. Two of them have been global number one on iTunesU. One of these (The Nature of Arguments) has been downloaded 7 million times.

 

 

Application

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