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 that we try to live our lives by, or what is the relationship between consciousness and action?

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

For 2021, we will offer two online Philosophy events, the main Philosophy Summer School (five days), and an additional event which will focus on Political Theory and Philosophy (three days).

The Philosophy Summer School will include: Personal Identity – Applied Ethics – Epistemology – Philosophy of Mind – Formal Logic – Phenomenology – Plato’s Republic

See a detailed schedule for this course here.

The Political Theory and Philosophy Summer School will include: Liberty and Freedom – Equality – Foucault’s Theory of Power – Gender and Class Analysis – Cultural Theory.

See a detailed schedule for this 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.

Online classes are kept small to 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 Schools are 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 that we try to live our lives by, or what is the relationship between consciousness and action?

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

For 2021, we will offer two online Philosophy events, the main Philosophy Summer School (five days), and an additional event which will focus on Political Theory and Philosophy (three days).

The Philosophy Summer School will include: Personal Identity – Applied Ethics – Epistemology – Philosophy of Mind – Formal Logic – Phenomenology – Plato’s Republic

See a detailed schedule for this course here.

The Political Theory and Philosophy Summer School will include: Liberty and Freedom – Equality – Foucault’s Theory of Power – Gender and Class Analysis – Cultural Theory.

See a detailed schedule for this 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.

Online classes are kept small to 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 Schools are 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, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

The Philosophy Summer School will take place 25th – 29th July, and repeated 8th – 12th August 2022.

The Political Theory and Philosophy Summer School will take place 20th – 22nd July, and repeated 15th – 17th August 2022.

The Philosophy Summer Schools are open to students aged 15 – 18, and teaching hours for each online course will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm each day, with a lunch break.

These are live online events, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The events will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

The cost for the five-day Philosophy Summer School is £420, and for the three-day Political Theory and Philosophy Summer School is £275.

You can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

Book before the 31st December 2021 to get a £25 earlybird discount on course fees.

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

We offer a limited number of full and partial bursaries (of up to 80% of fees) to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.