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 2021

28apr6:00 pm8:00 pmLong Ago and Far Away: The NorseOngoing virtual study6:00 pm - 8:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:Literature,PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Ongoing

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april 2021

12apr6:00 pmDubliners: Between Paralysis and EpiphanyUpdate *ONE SPACE AVAILABLE*6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

13apr2:00 pmDubliners: Between Paralysis and EpiphanyUpdate *ONE SPACE AVAILABLE*2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Eight weeks

15apr1:00 pmSanctuary by William FaulknerNEW study! 1:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

20apr4:30 pmClass Act by Jerry Craft - *Virtual Study*The highly anticipated sequel to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal4:30 pm GMT VIRTUALType Of Study:Middle Grades LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Five weeks

20apr5:00 pmMiddlemarch by George Eliot*ONE SPACE REMAINING*5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

21apr5:00 pmHENRY JAMES: THE AMBASSADORS*** New Dates***5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

27apr6:00 pmThe Sonnet - Creativity and ConstraintDual Facilitation with Jane and Caroline6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

28apr6:00 pmLong Ago and Far Away: The NorseOngoing virtual study6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:Literature,PhilosophyFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Ongoing

29apr4:00 pmVergil's Aeneid—New translation by Shadi Bartsch4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

may 2021

06may4:30 pmThe Bible as Literature: Job and the Search for Wisdom*NEW Virtual study*4:30 pm VIRTUAL

08may2:00 pmGerard Manley Hopkins: The Windhover*NEW DATE*2:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

10may6:00 pmA Midsummer Night's DreamThis STUDY IS NOW FULL6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:Weekly Event TagsA Midsummer Night's Dream,Jane Wymark,Julie Sutherland,William Shakespeare

12may6:00 pmWintering by Sylvia PlathNEW study! 6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off Event

june 2021

10jun5:00 pmBeloved by Toni Morrison 4-week studyVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

september 2021

29sep6:00 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 2022

10jan2:30 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options*100 year Anniversary special*2:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

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