PPE for PEOPLE
Politics, Philosophy, Economics: PPE for PEOPLE
THCC Tuesdays 1000-1200 (4 sessions: 30th Apr, 21st May, 11th Jun, 2nd Jul)(the 30th Apr session is for new members to see what has transpired so far and for existing members who wish to welcome new members and keep abreast of developing discussion)
Convener: Roger Hurley
In its third term, this is a programme for everyone - a programme which seeks to aid our approach to meeting the challenge of modernity. There is room for a further 20 members.
Most of us are interested in PPE but would not necessarily use those letters to summarise the focus of their attention. The programme is participative as far as possible. Members will have the opportunity to air their views and concerns in a supportive environment as well as make presentations on their specialism should they wish to do so. In short, serious and, importantly, fun wherever possible.
As A.C. Grayling put it in U3A Sources (Summer 2018) there is a reward for “endeavouring to make sense of things rationally, creatively and sensibly” and from a peer luminary “I envy the opportunity for shared enquiry”.
That opportunity includes people challenging assumptions and preconceived notions (particularly theirs as well as other’s and those of the wider world) and seek insights (new learning) that throw light on our deeper, and possibly unformed, thoughts. And, dare we have an ambition to move beyond current divisions and have a positive view of the future?
The contrast of the slowness of human change with the speed of technological advances may be one expression of the challenge of modernity. Perhaps, then, it is our responsibility to seek to recalibrate that which is of value to society at large.
If this is of interest then it is important to commit, as part of a continuum, to the three sessions.
Anyone who wants to discover more about the course than is written here (e.g. topics so far and possible Summer Term topics) should contact the convener who will welcome any enquiries.
Heraclitus (Greek Philosopher, 6th Century BCE) said “No person steps into the same river twice, for it is not the same river and they are not the same person”.