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Who was Mary Magdalene?

Mary Magdalene is one of three Marys in the New Testament, who have often been confused with each other. Mary has been cast as wealthy disciple, as penitent sinner, as Jesus' concubine or wife, as a goddess of beauty and love, even as the eternal sacred feminine. She has given us the adjective maudlin, for someone who becomes over-sentimental, especially after a few drinks! Tonight we consider some of the many compelling stories of her life and death – historians cannot even agree... [More]
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Who was Mary Magdalene?

Mary Magdalene is one of three Marys in the New Testament, who have often been confused with each other. Mary has been cast as wealthy disciple, as penitent sinner, as Jesus' concubine or wife, as a

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Scientists and Philosophers Need to Talk

We all know what Science is – but do we know what ‘reality’ is; or even what ‘understanding’ is? Just how to we ‘know’, and how do we know that we know? There is abundant evidence that we don’t – and even the experts don’t! These questions are as much philosophical as they are scientific, and Tibor offers some deep philosophical insights into them. Since the mid-20th century, “metaphysics” has become something of a dirty word – especially, but not exclusively, in scientific... [More]
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Scientists and Philosophers Need to Talk

<p>We all know what Science is – but do we know what ‘reality’ is; or even what ‘understanding’ is? Just how to we ‘know’, and how do we know that we know? There is abundant evidence that we don’t –

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The Rise of the New Age

From the Ascended Masters to the powers of positive thinking, and Orgone; to the science of getting rich, the New Age has been around for a long time now. We look at the historical roots of this movement and explore the ideas behind it, examining a fantastic cast of innovators, pioneers, players and unlikely gurus. SUGGESTED READING The Secret Teachers of the Western World, Gary Lachman As a Man Thinketh, James Allen You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L. Hay The Secret, Rhonda Byrne... [More]
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The Rise of the New Age

<p>From the Ascended Masters to the powers of positive thinking, and Orgone; to the science of getting rich, the New Age has been around for a long time now. We look at the historical roots of this

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Philosophy in the Early 20th Century: Weber, Bergson, Berlin, Russell

Approach the early twentieth century by examining the way in which a range of philosophers responded to the challenge of the new century. Max Weber (1864-1920) for example predicts that the 20th c will be the age of specialization and bureaucracy: was he right? He defines three types of authority: traditional, charismatic, and legal/rational. We will re-evaluate his ideas for our own time. Bergson’s theory of time is considered a major contribution to the understanding of human... [More]

Philosophy of Architecture

The philosophy of Architecture explores the ways in which humans embody their ideas, spirit and power relations in built environments. Some issues will be: Architecture and the ethics of a ‘good’ society; The role of creativity: Imaginary cities of the mind; Architecture and the phenomenal body in space; and the fundamental components of architectural design. We will begin with the Roman philosopher Vitruvius. Vitruvius’s The Ten Books of Architecture are considered to be the first... [More]

Philosophy and Faith

What is faith? Does faith actually entail belief, or can it encompass doubt? Are asceticism and the erotic actually at odds or are they entwined through worship? Are there uses for theological categories for the atheist? This course examines these questions drawing on Pascal, Kierkegaard, Simone Weil and contemporary theology as well as political philosophers and cultural theorists such as Slavoj Žižek. Faith will be explored in terms of commitment and fidelity rather than merely... [More]

Ethics in Focus: Sublimity and Morality

We sometimes perceive sublimity in nature. Do we also perceive sublimity in art? Is the capacity to experience sublimity specific to the human species? Are our feelings of admiration and respect for people and their actions analogous to our experience of sublimity in nature? This course explores the relationship between sublimity and morality in its various facets, drawing on the theories of Immanuel Kant and his immediate predecessor, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten. The course is... [More]

Philosophy and Revolution: The French Revolution Revisited

Examine the role the French Revolution played in philosophy and vice versa. It will begin with Rousseau and move to Burke and Wollstonecraft. We will analyse Walter Benjamin’s Theses on History as well as Kant and Hegel’s framings of the Revolution. Further, we will explore what the Revolutionaries themselves said, including Robespierre. SUGGESTED READING The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau Robespierre and the Terror Today, Marisa Linton COURSE OUTLINE Jean-Jacques Rousseau:... [More]