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Study great thinkers and consider how creativity has developed over the years from Socrates and Plato to Wittgenstein and Jung. Debate, discover and create your own ideas in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Day Schools

18 April 2020
Great medieval philosophers Dr Karim Esmail

11 July 2020
Artificial intelligence and us Dr Caterina Cinel

18 October 2020
One day, one philosopher: Plato Dr Karim Esmail

14 February 2021
One day, one philosopher: Hegel (On Love) Dr Cecilia Muratori

23 May 2021
One day, one philosopher: Judith Butler Julie Webb

Residential Courses

21-23 February 2020
Philosophy, therapy and creativity thinking feeling, writing Julie Webb

27-29 March 2020
The limits of the spoken word Dr Cecilia Muratori

26-28 June 2020
Different conceptions of the afterlife Dr Alex Carter

2-4 October 2020
An introduction to Islam and Islamic philosophy Dr Karim Esmail

16-18 October 2020
The Humanities and climate crisis Dr Jenny Bavidge and Dr Simone Kotva

13-15 November 2020
Texts that didn’t make it into the Bible Dr Jane McLarty

27-29 November 2020
Animals in film Dr Loreta Gandolfi and Dr Cecilia Muratori

8-10 January 2021
A short history of creativity Abi Docherty and Dr Alex Carter

12-14 March 2021
The role of metaphors in science Dr Hossein Dabbagh

25-27 June 2021
The Nature of Knowledge Dr Karim Esmail

26-30 July 2021
Wellbeing through philosophy and writing Julie Webb

Weekly courses

26 February – 25 March 2020
Five great religions of the world: part 1 Dr Karim Esmail

22 April – 19 May 2020
Five great religions of the world: part 2 Dr Karim Esmail

Tuesday courses

28 April 2020 - morning
Archaeology of the Afterlife Dr Isabelle Vella Gregory

28 April 2020 - afternoon
Archaeology of the Afterlife Dr Isabelle Vella Gregory

28 April 2020 - afternoon
The history and philosophy of happiness Dr Alex Carter

If you are interested in furthering your study in this subject area, please see our Award-bearing courses here our Online courses here and our International Summer Programme courses here.


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