Philosophy: Medieval


Residential course

Darren Harper

5 March 2021 to 7 March 2021

From £233 Non-resident fee

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During the first millennia Christianity became assimilated into Roman culture.
The Greek idea of philosophy as rational examination independent of religious doctrine sat uncomfortably with the rise of Christianity. Questions about the nature of the universe and what constitutes a virtuous life were held to be answered in the scriptures and were no longer considered subjects for philosophical discussion. The philosophers in this course sought to integrate Greek philosophy into Christian religion.

Suggested reading: Apposite sections from The History of Philosophy by A.C. Grayling

Residential Fees From: £348.   Non Residential: £233

Tutor information

As an adult education tutor I focus on the areas of Philosophy, Literature and Creative Writing.  I gained a 1st class honours degree in English & Creative Writing in 2012, followed by a PGCE (Lifelong Learning) in 2014 and am now undertaking a BA in Philosophy.  I have taught at A Level in both English Literature and Creative Writing, and over the past two years have taught Creative Writing to undergraduates.

For several years I have been teaching around the UK delivering residential courses at Higham Hall in the Lake District, Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire, the Green Park Hotel in Perthshire and, of course, Dillington House in Somerset.  Additionally, I have also started to offer a range of on-line courses in these subjects on my website and post frequently on my Facebook page Darren Harper Courses.

I have written theatre reviews, plays, short stories and contributed to an anthology of graphic short stories.  I have also interviewed, chaired and given both talks and workshops at the Borderlines Book Festival and Hexham Book Festival.  Additionally, I have given philosophy talks to U3A groups, writing workshops to writing groups and delivered CPD workshops on Stoicism.

My main interests in philosophy are political philosophy, comparative philosophy and religion, aesthetics and ethics, especially applied ethics, existentialism and Stoicism.  I enjoy applying philosophical ideas to contemporary issues in an attempt to challenge ‘the tyranny of custom’.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.