From Aesop to Achebe: explore philosophy through stories

Course Dates: 03/11/22 - 08/12/22
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
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Philosophical thinking is triggered when we feel that the story we have isn’t enough. Philosophy is the desire to
find other stories. This course looks at the questions we might ask about a story and the questions a story makes
us ask of ourselves.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00

Course Code: HP128

Thu, eve, 03 Nov - 08 Dec '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Philosophical thinking is triggered when we feel that the story we have isn’t enough. Philosophy is the desire to
find other stories. This course looks at the questions we might ask about a story and the questions a story makes
us ask of ourselves.

What will we cover?

We will look at stories or sections of prose from philosophical storytellers - like Homer, Aesop, Dostoyevsky,
Borges, Bolano, Chinua, Rachel Cusk, Calvino, Achebe, - to bring our thinking to life.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Find philosophical prompts within a text. Think narratively about analytical problems. Think analytically about
narrative.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No skills are necessary. An excitement about reading helps.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. You might want to bring notetaking materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might be interested in the Philosophical novels Reading Group (HP129), starting in January 2022.

Andrew West

Andy West is in his mid-thirties and still doesn't have any decent answers to life’s main philosophical questions. He hopes that by asking his students ‘Do we have freewill?’ and ‘How do we know if we exist?’ then he will get closer to finding out if he has freewill or if he really exists. He taught philosophy to children for six years and has spent the last few years teaching in prisons. He joined the the City Lit in 2018. He’s currently writing a book for Picador about teaching philosophy in prisons, due to be released in February 2022. He has written for The Guardian, 3AM Magazine, Boundless and Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. Find him on twitter @AndyWPhilosophy

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