Philosophy Summer School

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Our lives and our world are full of unanswered questions. The nature of knowledge, how we perceive and understand the world around us, what, if anything, is the meaning of our lives, how do we explain the key moral values, such as justice or fairness, that we try to live our lives by, or the relationship between consciousness and action?

Philosophy represents humanity’s best efforts to tackle these most profound of mysteries, using logic and discipline.

The Philosophy Summer School will include:

Personal Identity – Applied Ethics – Epistemology – Philosophy of Mind – Formal Logic – Political Philosophy – Plato’s Republic

See a detailed outline of the course here.

We will engage in lively seminar discussions, close textual analysis and exegesis (critical explanation and interpretation), use thought experiments to isolate philosophical intuitions and ideas, and explore our own and others’ attempted solutions to philosophical problems. The emphasis throughout will be on active participation and involvement.

Class sizes of no more than 14 students enable everyone to have their say, and give plenty of opportunities to develop and express individual ideas and questions – as well as being a great chance to make some new friends who share your academic interests.

Philosophy is a discipline which develops key cross-curricular skills, developing clear, concise, and logical lines of reasoning, as well as the ability to put forward arguments and persuade others.

The Debate Chamber Philosophy Summer School is ideal for students who are thinking about studying philosophy at university, or who simply enjoy tackling thorny problems in a logical way and questioning their everyday assumptions.

For full booking and practical details just scroll down past the reviews.

Our lives and our world are full of unanswered questions. The nature of knowledge, how we perceive and understand the world around us, what, if anything, is the meaning of our lives, how do we explain the key moral values, such as justice or fairness, that we try to live our lives by, or the relationship between consciousness and action?

Philosophy represents humanity’s best efforts to tackle these most profound of mysteries, using logic and discipline.

The Philosophy Summer School will include:

Personal Identity – Applied Ethics – Epistemology – Philosophy of Mind – Formal Logic – Political Philosophy – Plato’s Republic

See a detailed outline for the course here.

We will engage in lively seminar discussions, close textual analysis and exegesis (critical explanation and interpretation), use thought experiments to isolate philosophical intuitions and ideas, and explore our own and others’ attempted solutions to philosophical problems. The emphasis throughout will be on active participation and involvement.

Class sizes of no more than 14 students enable everyone to have their say, and give plenty of opportunities to develop and express individual ideas and questions – as well as being a great chance to make some new friends who share your academic interests.

Philosophy is a discipline which develops key cross-curricular skills, developing clear, concise, and logical lines of reasoning, as well as the ability to put forward arguments and persuade others.

The Debate Chamber Philosophy Summer School is ideal for students who are thinking about studying philosophy at university, or who simply enjoy tackling thorny problems in a logical way and questioning their everyday assumptions.

‘The Philosophy Summer School was an incredible insight into the discipline of Philosophy. It was incredibly varied, and left me wanting more at the end of each session. It really does not matter if you have not previously studied philosophy; the summer school lays a greater foundation that cannot be paralleled to A-Level lessons. The tutors and the other students were incredibly supportive; the emphasis was not on what you knew, but how well you tackled what you didn’t know. Never have I learnt so much but felt like I knew so little. If you want to develop your mind this is for you!’

‘It’s such a good course to really spark an interest in the subject. Not only did I learn some key philosophical arguments, I also developed the ability to find the flaws in them which is invaluable.’

‘I found the five days very rewarding, challenging and interesting.  The tutors were all enthusiastic and the tuition was pitched at exactly the right level. I have been considering studying Philosophy at university but my school does not offer it as an A level option.  I wanted to find out what the subject would involve at degree level and the summer school certainly provided an excellent introduction.  As a result, I will definitely be applying to study Philosophy when I start the university application procedure next term.’

‘The Philosophy Summer School was an incredible insight into the discipline of Philosophy. It was incredibly varied, and left me wanting more at the end of each session. It really does not matter if you have not previously studied philosophy; the summer school lays a greater foundation that cannot be paralleled to A-Level lessons. The tutors and the other students were incredibly supportive; the emphasis was not on what you knew, but how well you tackled what you didn’t know. Never have I learnt so much but felt like I knew so little. If you want to develop your mind this is for you!’

Practical Details

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

At this stage, it is unclear what the situation will be for summer 2021 in terms of in-person events – we will continue to review the situation as it develops, but in-person courses will not be scheduled until we can be confident that they can go ahead safely, and with a very low probability of disruption.

In any case, it is very likely that online courses will be offered next summer in addition to in-person events, for those who would prefer not to travel to London. Booking for online summer events will open in late Autumn 2020.

The Philosophy Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18.

The usual venue for this course is Student Central, University of London, Bloomsbury Campus, Central London – you can see more venue and travel details herePlease note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required.

The in-person course is five days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.30am till 4.30pm, with a lunch break.

If you are interested in this course, either in person or online you can click on the ‘Express Your Interest’ button below and let us know that you would like to hear about any news or updates related to this event.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.