There are no Adult Education classes over the summer, however, that doesn’t mean Kim and co aren’t busy in the background preparing for the autumn classes. There are life skill classes such as computers, DIY, Dress making, Cookery, social classes in art and choir, and fitness and well being classes in Yoga and Mindfulness and dance. We are are pleased to announce that we are adding a new Philosophy class in our ‘Love Learning’ section.
“Philosophy takes a look at life’s big questions. Over 10 weeks, we will discuss the questions that occupied the minds of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known.
We will begin in ancient Greece by examining the thoughts and ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The ideas of Plato and Aristotle are still very relevant in today’s society, particularly in the area of ethics or ‘moral philosophy’.” We then go through the Middle Ages before discussing Kant, Sartre and Nietzsche.
The Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
With this in mind, philosophy takes a look at life’s big questions. Over 10 weeks, we will discuss the questions that occupied the minds of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known.
We will begin in ancient Greece by examining the thoughts and ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The ideas of Plato and Aristotle are still very relevant in today’s society, particularly in the area of ethics or ‘moral philosophy.’
Moving on from this, we will examine the philosophy of religion. We will focus on the works of St Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, and discuss Aquinas’ ‘proof’ of God’s existence. We will also examine St Anselm’s ‘Ontological Argument’ which states that God’s existence is a logical necessity.
We will move further through history to the 16th and 17th centuries where we will meet Descartes and discuss his theory of dualism where he famously quotes cogito ergo sum or ‘I think, therefore I am.’
We will look at the reaction to Descartes with philosophers such as John Locke, David Hume, George Berkeley and Immanuel Kant.
Finally, we will discuss what’s known as philosophical anthropology (what does it mean to be human) with thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre.
Our Centre Administrator and Adult Education Development Officer Kim attended the ‘Love Education’ Event in Liberty Hall last week.
This was an event organised by ‘The City of Dublin Education and Training Board’ to showcase the benefits of adult education in our community. Some wonderful stories were shared by members of the local community who have grown and developed so much from attending courses in Ozanam House and in other services in the area including LYCS, DALC, HACE and the Larkin Centre.
There are so many great courses and supports on offer in our centre and in our community and it was great to see and hear about the benefits adult education plays in people’s lives.
Keep an eye out for our new ‘Love Education’ taster courses coming in September.
Last term in our DIY class we enjoyed teaching a great bunch of people the basics of DIY. Katherine our tutor and Alan our in house caretaker started off with patching, which is basically filling in holes, cracks and smoothing … Continue reading →