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Crash Course in Global Philosophy
Mon 01Nov
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Mon 22Nov
Virtual Event

An Introduction to the Philosophy of India, China & the Muslim World

Facilitator: Darren Harper

Event time: Mon 1st Nov 2021 at 6:30pm - Mon 22nd Nov 2021 at 8:00pm

Much of the world’s philosophy has historically been ignored by the West. Yet, if philosophy is a love of wisdom, there is no doubt that the philosophy of cultures from all locations and times can enrich us. This course will explore some of the philosophical contributions from the rest of the globe, including India, China, and the Muslim world.

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“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”
– Plato 

At a Glance

  • Indian philosophy
  • Chinese philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Islamic World

Crash Course in Global Philosophy

During this 4 week course, we will begin by exploring what philosophy actually is, beyond being notoriously difficult to explain! The first session will explore some distinctions between Eastern and Western thought. The following three weeks will focus on three particular regions: India, China, and the Muslim world.

1. India

In our session on India, we will dip into the Bhagavad Gita, which, alongside the Upanishads, is one of the foundation texts of Indian thought.

2. China

In the third week we will take a look at the two pillars of Chinese thought, Confucius and Lao Tzu, and discuss some examples from The Analects and the Tao Te Ching.

3. Avicenna

Lastly, we will consider the philosophical contributions made by Avicenna, also known as Ibn Sina, who is one of the most important thinkers in the Islamic tradition.

Dates & Times

Mondays: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd of November.

18:30 – 21:00 GMT

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Crash Course in Global Philosophy

Darren Harper

Darren is an adult education tutor who teaches philosophy, literature and creative writing. He holds a first class honours degree in English & Creative Writing as well as a PGCE in Lifelong Learning. His teaching takes him around different parts of the UK, including residential colleges such as Higham Hall in the Lake District, Dillington House in Somerset and Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire. He also offers a range of online courses at his website and is currently writing his first philosophy book, Encounters and Reflections: An Introductions to Philosophy, which will be published in autumn 2021.

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