Lockdown Stoics

Teaching

I’m teaching two philosophy courses online on Mondays, starting next week:

Both through the Mary Ward Centre at a highly affordable rate (11 classes for £73/£32)

The Stoics well, because, in times like these…

But also because these thinkers, and ones I’ve grouped around them on this experimental course, have given me peerless guidance in the past. Lucid, practical, consoling, real… Alongside Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius we’ll explore the Dhammapada, Ecclesiastes, the Rubaiyat, Shakespeare, the vanitas, Spinoza’s Ethics and Victor Frankl.

Watch the first class for free below:

Society, Language, Difference is a guide for the perplexed to post-WW2 French philosophy. From the Frankfurt School and Freudo-Marxism to decolonisation, Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, May 68, women’s liberation, Lacan, all the way to Baudrillard, postmodernism and the personal computer. Exploring key texts, debating new ideas and demystifying the obscure.

Each week will involve a bit of reading (about 1h), a recorded video lecture by me available a few days before, then a 1h-2h discussion with the group of about 10-15 students on Zoom.

If you’d like to know more, just email me. These will be the last courses I give at Mary Ward, and the last public facing ones for a while.

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