This autumn will see the delivery of ‘The Great Story’ an 8-week introductory philosophy in Dingle Hub, Co. Kerry. I originally taught this course in spring 2022 as a way to provide an outlet for non-academics interested in philosophy, regardless of background. The initial course was a great success and the classes were friendly, lively, and engaged. The course introduces major themes in philosophy such as ethics, mind, the limits of knowledge, and applies these themes through discussions of relevant contemporary issues and application of critical thinking skills.
The phrase ‘The Great Story’ is taken from Kerry philosopher and writer John Moriarty. It evokes the idea that we all come through circumstances and world-views which shape our beliefs and behaviours; one of the roles of philosophy is to make us aware of this, and attempt to understand why we think and act the way we do.