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 School of Economic Science – Happiness, Reason and Consciousness

Philosophy for All

Thank you to all of the growing number of people coming to the events in Cambridge and Peterborough. See below for coming treats!

  The motivation is;

  • to make the benefits of philosophy available and accessible to everybody
  • to stimulate enquiry into life’s most important questions

Events Coming up

·         Peterborough Philosophy in the  Park – Monthly

·         Plato’s Rival – An evening with David Horan at the Cambridge Union

·         Plato’s Rival – A day of discussion at Great Staughton

·         The Grantchester Lectures – A feast of discovery

See below for details

If there is a subject that you would like to explore with others through the medium of philosophy, please let us know. We are always happy to get new and interesting issues to tackle.



Philosophy in the Park

2017/18 season


A  series of talks and discussions in the friendly and comfortable surroundings

of the Buttercross tearoom in Central Park, Peterborough.

Free of charge and open to all.

Subjects chosen by you are;

September                           Living your true life          

October                                Is the answer to everything Physics?

November                            What should I do with the life that we have left!

December                            Thoughts; do I control them or do they control me?  

January*                               Fear – How to control it

February                               Love and Kindness

March                                    Does materialism help us to be happy?

April                                       The fundamental interconnectedness of everything

May                                       Relative and absolute truth

June                                       What is reality?

July                                         Forgiveness – do we ever really forgive?

August                                   Consciousness – does it really exist?


Each session starts at 10.00 a.m. on the first Saturday each month and finishes noonish with a break halfway. The park is ten minutes’ walk from the town centre and parking is in park crescent, PE1 4DY.

*except January- Tearoom of St John’s in Cathedral Square.



Plato’s rival

Part 1 - An evening talk by Dr. David Horan at the

Cambridge Union, Bridge St, Cambridge CB2 1UB

on Thursday March 29th

Plato’s rival, Isocrates accused him of being an“impractical, idle talker” and

claimed that he alone “was properly engaging in philosophy”. The talk

identifies the radical differences in their different approaches and discusses

the vital role of philosophy then and in today’s world.


Dr Horan is Head of the School of Philosophy and Economic Science in Ireland,

a Platonic scholar and translator of Plato’s Dialogues.


7.00pm (Doors open 6.30pm). Talk followed by a wine reception


Early Booking until 22nd March £8

Secure online booking with Eventbrite

Full Price £10

Standard tickets through Eventbrite


Part 2 A Day with Plato at Great Staughton.


Following on the theme of philosophy set on Maundy Thursday, join us for a

day of talks and discussions (and lunch). Plato’s dialogue, Crito is a

conversation between Socrates and his friend who tries to persuade Socrates

to escape impending death. Socrates answers him with philosophic principles

which have many similarities to the Good Friday story and Jesus response to

his enemies.


Starts 10.15 am Finishes 4.30 pm.


This includes lunch, refreshments during the day and a glass of wine at the

end. Numbers for the Day are limited, book early to ensure a place.


£20 for the Day - Secure booking through Eventbrite


£25 for the Evening Talk and Plato Day (£20 for early booking until 22nd

 March) -  Secure booking through Eventbrite


All enquiries for both events to Mrs Sue Jarvis, 01832 293271, jartrap@aol.com



Summer lectures


• Saturday 19 May

• Saturday 30 June

• Saturday 29 July

• Saturday 19 August

• Saturday 15 September


The topics of the talks and the speakers names will follow shortly.

                   Philosophy has been discussed beneath the trees of the Orchard at Grantchester for over a century with a cast including Wittgenstein, Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf and Bertrand Russell. The Summer lectures still draw those interested in finding meaning and truth every year to this magical place.  Starting at 10:30am ‘til 12:30 with a break halfway.



 For more information please call 0845 450 3688


The Orchard Tea Rooms can be reached by taking Junction 11 off the M11, following the signs to Grantchester and turning left off the road to Trumpington.  Be careful; the entrance is very easy to pass.  Alternatively, it can be reached by cycling or walking the riverside from Cambridge. Do try the wonderful home-made scones! Please note there is a charge now for parking, which can be used towards paying for food and drink.





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