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

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What’s coming up?

july 2020

22jul5:00 pmTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

september 2020

14sep7:00 pmToni Morrison's A Mercy7:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Two weeks

october 2020

09oct(oct 9)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

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

may 2021

02may(may 2)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

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