Philosophy Summer School

isolated 3d brain-like maze with stylized process of thinkingOur lives and our world are full of mystery. The nature of knowledge, how we perceive and understand the world around us, what is the meaning of our lives, what, if anything, happens when they are over, what are key moral values such as justice and fairness that we try to live our lives by, what is beauty in art and what is its appropriate role in society, what is the relationship between consciousness and action? When one considers the number of such fundamental and fascinating, yet un-answered questions in our lives, one begins to understand the words uttered by Plato nearly 2500 years ago when he claimed that “Philosophy begins in wonder”.

The Philosophy Summer School is an opportunity for students to embrace and explore their wonderment about the world and our place in it, and to tackle some intriguing and crucial questions.

Topics for Summer 2018 will include:

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

A full schedule for this course can be seen here.

We will engage in lively seminar discussions, close textual analysis and exegesis (critical explanation and interpretation of a text), 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 14 students enable everyone to have their say, and plenty of opportunity 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 helps students to develop key cross-curricular skills. The logical clarity of thought and argument which is necessary to succeed in understanding and debating philosophical material teaches students to form clear, concise and logical arguments as well as helping to develop 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.’

Practical Details

The Philosophy Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18 and will take place 9th – 13th July (and repeated 30th July – 3rd August) 2018.

The venue for this course is the University of London, Bloomsbury Campus, Central London – you can see more venue and travel details here.

The cost of the five day Philosophy Summer School is £495 per student. Please note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required.

Partial fees bursaries are available for students who would otherwise face financial barriers to attending the course – please see here for details.

To book a place or places at the Philosophy Summer School, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0845 519 4827, email, or book online.