Monthly Archives: August 2015

Philosophical Nuggets @ Red Lion Books: 10 week course and taster session

UPDATE 26th October.

The first set of five sessions have worked really well. If you are interested but have been unable to attend you are welcome to join the group for the second set of five sessions.

Please note change of topic for week 6.

Taster Session: Saturday 12th September at 3.00 pm.  Cost £2.00

This is a taster for a 10 week course of philosophy. The sessions will be led by Nick Joll who has taught philosophy at University of Essex and for the Open University and are intended to explore key areas of philosophical enquiry in a light and engaging manner. Tea and biscuits will be on hand to help the grey cells grind into gear!

The 10 week course is divided into two parts and will run Saturday afternoons at 3pm beginning on September 19th.

The cost will be £100.00 (£90 for unwaged) for the full 10 week course which will be split into two 5 week sections at £50.00. (£45 for unwaged)

Each week will explore some thought-provoking philosophical passages. The passages will be made accessible; prior exposure to philosophy is not required. The passages will be provided on handouts, together with suggestions for further reading. Much of that further reading is in J. Stangroom and J. Garvey, The Story of Philosophy: A History of Western Thought (Quercus, 2012).


(Saturdays, 3pm, 19th September 2015 – 17th October)

  • 1.Cold fires, silent crashes: Locke & Berkeley on qualities
  • 2.‘Existence precedes essence’: Sartre on being human
  • 3.‘Mad pain and Martian Pain’: David Lewis on the mind
  • 4.‘The thing things world’: Heidegger on sustaining a world
  • 5.The place of evidence in religion (Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein)



(Saturdays, 3pm, 31st October 2015 – 28th November)

  • 6. Justice, via John Rawls 
  • 7.‘Forty-two’: the meaning of life and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • 8. ‘A good philosophical work could be written that would consist only of jokes’: Wittgenstein
  • 9. ‘To pronounce anything a work of art is [. .] to make a momentous moral judgment’: Clive Bell on art and ethics
  • 10. ‘Subjective and objective have become reversed’: Adorno on ideals of knowledge


Inner Space: an exhibition of art by Judith Barford

From 28th September 2015

BARFORDMUSCLEWe are pleased to be hosting this unusual and exciting exhibition by Judith Barford. Judith has produced a series of lino relief prints and collage which arose out of her interest in repeating patterns and forms found in the natural world, including inside our own bodies.The images are not intended to be accurate representations of our biology but rather an attempt to depict the inherent beauty and complexity of our inner physical world. They are all made by cutting and etching into lino. Some are collages made of prints which cut up and superimposed onto other prints. The images are printed using predominantly reds and oranges: life-blood colours.

BARFORDHEARTJudith’s professional life was in social work but she has always been interested in art and went on various courses culminating in the part-time foundation course at Colchester Institute in 1995. During the course she became interested in print making and 3D work and joined Cuckoo Farm Print workshop when the course ended, continuing to work there until recently.

She has previously taken part in group exhibitions with Print Workshop colleagues at Colchester Library, The Mercury Theatre and the Benham Gallery.