Philosophy Summer School - Debate Chamber

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 2020 will include:

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

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.

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 2020 will include:

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

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!’

Practical Details

The Philosophy Summer School will take place 20th – 24th July (and repeated 3rd – 7th August). 

Teaching hours on each day run from 10.30am till 4.30pm, with a lunch break. The course is open to students aged 15-18.

The 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 cost of the Philosophy Summer School is £520. To reserve your place you will need to pay a 25% non-refundable deposit, with the balance of the payment due eight weeks in advance of the course start date.

Please note that we will have a number of partial (up to 90%) fees bursaries available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – see details here.

To express your interest in the Philosophy Summer School, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0800 810 1058, email info@debatechamber.com, or book online.

Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries 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.