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Philosophy and Economics


No special qualifications are required, just a willingness to have a go at whatever is heard and understood. However, those versed in academic philosophy can also find this practical approach to living philosophically very interesting. Students are asked each week to try out for themselves the concepts presented and to discuss them the following week. Each session evolves according to the questions of the students

In Cambridge an introductory course is given as 6 meetings in the evening each term.

Advanced courses follow on for those who want to take their understanding deeper.

The Peterborough foundation course in Practical Philosophy is divided into three themed 10 week foundation terms each year. It is on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30. See Next Course to Register.

Peterborough Foundation Explorations

Autumn – Philosophy of Happiness

Spring – Philosophy and Love

Summer – The Wisdom Within

The aim is to develop our sense of perspective and to experience directly philosophy’s  richness and practical value in daily life, expanding our appreciation of ourselves and enjoyment  of the world around us.

There is no attempt to cover all philosophical systems, but there is plenty for anyone interested in the big questions of life and the world around us. Each weekly session lasts about two and a half hours, including a break for refreshment.

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Cambridge Introductory philosophy taster course


The aim of philosophy is to set people free; free from pressure and free from worry; free to grow, free to be themselves.

So it seems fitting that an introductory  philosophy course should itself be free.

This six session Practical Philosophy course looks at life and its meaning, the world and its causes

It considers what holds us back? What sets us free? Based on the classic philosophies of East and West, it invites students to see life as a place to test the words of the wise.

Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge at 19.30 on Tuesday evenings

Do feel free to join us*

* note a £5 administration charge will apply.









We have a finite environment – the planet. Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth in a finite environment is either a madman or an economist.”                           David Attenborough


Strong words! Does continued economic growth mean that the planet is doomed? Is it quite so “black and white” as this?


This six week series of talks and discussion will consider the different ways in which economies can grow and the issues raised.


No previous knowledge of economics is necessary.


Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm from 10th February to 17th March


At Emmanuel United Reform Church, Trumpington St. Cambridge.


Cost  £35 . Enrolment on first session attended.

Individual sessions £7.



Plato Study Group

We meet informally at the Orchard Tea Gardens at Grantchester on Tuesdays afternoons, from 2.30-4.00 pm. We will be studying one of the dialogues of Plato, who has been called the ‘father of western philosophy’.  Anybody is welcome to join us. No previous acquaintance with Plato is necessary. There is no charge although people are encouraged to purchase refreshments at the Orchard.

The first meeting next term will be on 16th January 2017

If you are interested in joining, please contact

John De Val at