Beginners ‘dip their toes’ into philosophy

Natasha Marsh (Parousia Media)

It was during lockdown that academics Natasha Marsh and David Schütz realised they shared a passion to “re-animate Catholic adult education” in response to questions people had been raising during the pandemic. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

The pair devised a new type of online/face-to-face course, available to beginners or interested people outside the university setting under the aegis of Anima Education, a Catholic apostolate which offers formation which is accessible, personally rewarding and affordable.

The first new course – An Introduction to Philosophy – will be led by Ms Marsh over five weeks from May 10. It will be available either live (in Melbourne) and from anywhere online via Zoom. Ms Marsh said the course: “will equip people to dip their toes into thinking philosophically and clearly”.

“While history doesn’t repeat itself, it certainly rhymes,” she explained. “Philosophy helps us identify patterns of thinking, the rise of certain ‘isms’ and ideas which repeat themselves with real impact in our societies and our lives. Two things are important in beginning to think in this way. A reliable personal guide and the opportunity and encouragement to ‘sit with’ the questions and to wonder about them.”

The course will be attentive to these two elements with beginners and will offer lectures, guided reading and the opportunity for personal guidance and discussion, with Mr Schütz as the Zoom tutor.

Details: Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga


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