Exploring Philosophy

with Dr Alan Collett


If you enjoy discussing and arguing about important abstract ideas you might be interested in one of Dr Alan Collett’s courses which he runs from time to time in Wivenhoe (previously at the Royal British Legion Hall on Wivenhoe Quay but now at the Wivenhoe Sailing Club, Walter Radcliffe Way).

These are private courses, arising out of the closure of Open Studies at the University of Essex. They are run by Dr Alan Collett, an experienced philosophy lecturer, who has taught for several universities and adult education departments and who now teaches for the Open University.

This series of courses has been running since 2006 and attracts an enthusiastic group of students of all ages to study and debate in an informal atmosphere, under the direction of the tutor.

Each term a different course is offered.  The courses are designed to be suitable for those with no previous knowledge of philosophy. To benefit from the course a student only needs to be interested in discussion with like-minded people. There is no assessment. All the courses have been very well attended. 

The Philosophy of Love, Sex and Marriage

The ten week course starts on Tuesday 28th September 2010 from 10.00 � 12.30 at Wivenhoe Sailing Club and costs �75.  Please contact Alan Collett 01206 826404 or alancollett5@hotmail.com.

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Reading List 

The Philosophy of Love, Sex and Marriage � An Introduction, by Raja Halwani. Purchase of this book is highly recommended but is not essential for enjoyment of the course.

Previous Courses:

Philosophy and the Human World

This 6 week course was based onSecular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament

Schopenhauer Reading Group 

This  six week course provided an introduction to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. The course took the form of  a reading group based upon Schopenhauer�s Essays and Aphorisms

The Philosophy of Music

This course provided anintroduction to philosophical aesthetics as well as an introduction to the philosophy of music.

Dr Allan Collett’s first course that started September 2006 was on the subject of Existentialism and attracted 13 students.

His 10 week course in January 2007 on Exploring Philosophy was also very well attended.

Arguing about The Mind:  January 2008

The Art Question:    April 2008

Much modern art prompts the question: Is it Art? In this 6 week course we  discussed some of the ways in which this question has been answered. The course provided an interesting and accessible introduction to aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

The course was based upon ‘The Art Question’ by Nigel Warburton.