Philosophy and Ideas Studies

The Lit Salon’s studies of Philosophy and Ideas explore works of philosophy, history, political science, psychology, religion and the natural sciences that challenge us to examine how we think about ourselves and the world around us.

In our ongoing monthly Great Ideas, Great Books study, you will read key texts in the western intellectual tradition by authors such as Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Dante, Shakespeare, Machiavelli, Milton, Marx, Austen and Eliot.

Also monthly, our Spontaneous Philosophy group meets for an on-the-spot close reading of concise and provocative selections from the world’s most influential thinkers across the ages—and, there’s no advance prep necessary.

Check below for our current offerings. Do you have ideas for a study not listed? Contact us to suggest a study.

Upcoming Philosophy and Ideas Studies

april 2020

10apr5:00 pm7:30 pmThe Essential Socrates: Four Dialogues of PlatoVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm - 7:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

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april 2020

02apr5:00 pmSonny's Blues by James Baldwin 27.3: STUDY FULL5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:One day,Two weeks

06apr5:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: Eight-Week IntensiveFirst Half of Ulysses in 8 weeks 5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

09apr6:00 pmTroy: Myth, Legend and InspirationVIRTUAL STUDY6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

10apr5:00 pmThe Essential Socrates: Four Dialogues of PlatoVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

13apr2:00 pmInvisible Man by Ralph EllisonVIRTUAL STUDY2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two months

14apr4:00 pmWilliam Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily: Virtual Salon for older teens4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

21apr7:00 pmBeloved by Toni Morrison 4-week studyVIRTUAL STUDY7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

27apr5:00 pmJane Austen's Best: Persuasion and EmmaVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

may 2020

05may5:00 pmToni Morrison's A MercyVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

15may(may 15)5:00 pmHenry James in Rye: A Portrait of a Lady Weekend Retreat**STUDY FULL**5:00 pm The Mermaid Inn Rye SussexType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Weekend

31may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

june 2020

23jun7:00 pmToni Morrison's A Mercy7:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

september 2020

05sep(sep 5)12:00 pmHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersionNew Dates12:00 pm Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

october 2020

14oct(oct 14)6:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

january 2021

12jan12:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options12:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

12jan7:45 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions January 20217:45 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

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