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December 2016
Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

a way with words – celebration event

Wednesday 14th December @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Come and experience an event like no other – a playful, interactive showcase where you will engage with and learn about some of the elements that make for persuasive communication, encouraging you to explore how you can use language to get your message across, and ultimately develop your own approach to having ‘a way with words’

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January 2017
£147

Vikki Coombes presents:

Nectar Tasting – personal development for Hummingbirds

9th January 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Exploring being a fully liberated and iridescent Hummingbird!

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Existentialism

16th January 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

This course studies the work of several of the most famous existentialist thinkers.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Emotions and the Self

16th January 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

When you are angry or sad are you just having physical sensations? Or are anger or sadness, instead, ways of perceiving the situation you are in? Are emotions a distortion of our true (rational) nature, or essentially part of us? The way in which different philosophers have differently reconciled the cognitive and sensation aspects of emotion has always been closely bound up with different notions of what it means to be human. We examine theories about the self and its emotions from Homer to Sartre.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

German Idealism Reading Group

16th January 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

This course, running over two terms, will consider Fichte’s ‘Attempt at a New Presentation of the Wissenschaftslehre’ (1797-1798) and Schelling’s On the World Soul, A Hypothesis of Higher Physics (May 1798).

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Introduction to Philosophy

16th January 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

This is a general Introduction to Philosophy based on the individual course of the same name which is part of the University of London International Programme in Philosophy.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Walter Benjamin

16th January 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

The course will take a chronological and textual approach, starting with Benjamin’s writings from the mid/late 1920s and ending with his final text from 1940.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Philosophers of Otherness 1: Levinas, Foucault, Lacan

16th January 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

The course will introduce the three figures by focusing on close reading of one seminal text by each of them. We will begin with Totality and Infinity (1961) by Emmanuel Levinas; then examine The History of Sexuality, Volume 1 (1978) by Michel Foucault; and conclude by studying Jacques Lacan’s Ecrits (1966).

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Metaphors, Stories and Analogical Thinking

17th January 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

in this course, we will discuss the nature of thought, imagination and language use and the place of metaphors and analogical thinking in philosophical and intellectual activity.

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£20

London School of Philosophy presents:

Kant Reading Group

17th January 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

An interactive reading group. This year we will study Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgement.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Religion and Politics

17th January 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

This course will consider philosophical explanations of what religion is, how its social and political effects can be described, and how it relates to political action, organisation and violence. We will discuss relevant thinkers and draw examples from traditions as diverse as Islam and Buddhism.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Martin Heidegger

17th January 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

Martin Heidegger is amongst the most influential and important thinkers of the 20th Century. The first part of the course covers his magnum opus, Being and Time (1927). We then move on to consider his later writings on technology, art, and language.

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February 2017

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

a school of thought: thinking & language

1st February 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Take part in a series of six interactive, collaborative workshops using a think-share-explore approach. These Wednesday-evening workshops will encourage you to think, read, discuss and relate to different topics around the links between thinking and language.

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£65 - £85

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London’s Agitators and Protesters for Equality 1880s-1980s

2nd February 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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This course will provide information and tell stories from from a selection of these struggles that took place over a 100 year period from the 1880s to the 1980s – from the struggles of women making matches in the Bryant and May factory to the mass protests against apartheid outside South Africa Houses. It will attempt to illuminate how these struggles began, what they were trying to achieve, how they recruited supporters and activists and what they did.

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£2 - £40

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Testing Ground – a Dance Theatre Performance Workshop

20th February 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 13th March 2017 @ 9:00 pm
8 Feb workshop

Be inspired into performance making with a group of creative people responding to the many ideas resonating throughout the fabric of Conway Hall, the home of innovative thinking and culture creation throughout the Modern era, in this 4 week dance theatre project, which will culminate in a public performance on the evening of Monday March 13th in the Main Hall.

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March 2017
£10 - £25

The Conway Collective presents:

Making Monologues

11th March 2017 @ 11:00 am - 25th March 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Learn how monologues can be a fun and practical way for writers and performers to develop their own original story ideas.

In this workshop series with Sean Bruno, participants will be guided through a set of focused writing and devising exercises to create original stand-alone monologues (which can then be developed into a larger performed or written work). Each week will focus on a different set of exercises and skills.

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April 2017
£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Art and Phenomenology

24th April 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of the complexity of everyday life. Art too can be understood as grappling with the same problems. Using Western Philosophers from Immanuel Kant to Hubert Dreyfus, as well as some philosophers of the Eastern tradition, including Kakuzo and El-Bizri, we’ll examine the overlap between art and philosophy.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Problems in Philosophy: a discussion class

24th April 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

In what circumstances would you save the lives of five people by letting one person die? How free are you? Are you the same person you were twenty years ago? In any case, who on earth are you? This course will consist of debating these and other philosophical questions and thought experiments.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Pragmatism

24th April 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

Pragmatism is the uniquely American contribution to the history of philosophy. Its origins are strongly humanistic, and we first discuss the way in which this is developed in the work of C.S. Peirce, William James and John Dewey.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Philosophers of Otherness 2: Girard, Ricoeur, Derrida

24th April 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

We will explore the ideas of three contemporary thinkers who argue that the character of our existence is truly defined by our stance towards others. We will focus on: Violence and the Sacred (1972) by Rene Girard; The Conflict of Interpretations(1969) by Paul Ricoeur; and Of Grammatology (1967) by Jacques Derrida.

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Philosophy of Science

25th April 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

What is science? What is the relationship between philosophy and science? What does it mean that there are many competing different models of scientific explanation? How do new concepts, such as “emergence”, “complexity” and “chaos”, change the nature of scientific and philosophical discourse?

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£90 -£120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics

25th April 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

Are we genuinely capable of non-egoistic, altruistic action? What are our responsibilities to future generations? What claim do starving populations have on us? When, if at all, is torture justified? Is free speech an unconditional right? Is whistleblowing an act of greater corporate loyalty? Is lying worse than other forms of intentional deception? Should euthanasia be legalised in the UK? When is it legitimate, or required, to challenge authority?

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£90 - £120

London School of Philosophy presents:

Explaining Human Behaviour

25th April 2017 @ 11:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London School of Philosophy

Why did the chicken cross the road? This course will introduce several different approaches to explaining human behaviour, including philosophy, genetics, evolutionary biology and neuroscience. We will critically discuss their usefulness and apply them to examples of behaviour such as aggressive, competitive and sexual behaviours.

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