Islam Conference 2009, 28th April: Shi’ism – Past and Present

On Tuesday 28th April 2009, the Department of Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire will host its annual Islam conference.

This year the topic is:


The event will be held at:
TC001 – Tiered Lecture Theatre, FCH Campus, Swindon Road, Cheltenham.
Contact for details: Full Programme to follow shortly – all welcome (including students!)..

You can book HERE


Four Noble Truths podcast

Those of you studying our Indian Religions module may wish to visit to download a podcasst of my reading the Mahasatipatthana Sutta, about the Four Noble Truths.

Hope this is useful – and that you enjoy the visit of today’s meditation teacher…


Why Study Philosophy?

We have discussed this previously – see HERE and HERE to look at what we came up with – but I wanted to raise it with a new ‘batch’ of students – our current first year cohort.

I have pasted below the initial questions I have asked the RPE187 class – and await the answers with interest. [Other readers of the blog are welcome to join in!]

So: why study philosophy

1 – Pragmatic:

What skills can you take from the subject? What else (if anything) will it make you good at?

2 – Social / Political:

Does a philosophical education make you a more aware citizen – who makes better choices?

Are you more moral as a result of the study of ethics?

Is a society with more philosophers in it, more or less likely to be:

  • Fairer?
  • Smooth functioning?
  • Well organised?
  • Argumentative and disputatious?

3 – Personal

Has your study so far impacted upon you as a person?

Is this a subject which changes people – unlike, perhaps, some other subjects (can you think of an example of a subject which doesn’t change people?)?

If it does bring about personal change – what is the nature of this change?

Other: Are there other reasons?

Philosophy Reading Group Update

The Philosophy Society is hotting up with enthusiastic responses to the reading (along with many other topics). Next month’s reading is Machiavelli’s The Prince. It promises to be an invigorating topic: cruelty, evil, politics, being misunderstood, Nietzsche’s Ubermensch. Just the right tone to prepare us for February, the month of love. For more information the reading group blog can be found here:

We will meet Thursday, 5th February, 7pm, The Gallery Room (above the SU Bar at Park Campus). New-comers welcome!

If you have any questions please contact Shelley Campbell s0510427