We spent this week considering the big questions behind philosophy, what it is and why we should study it?  In essence we realised that it is the best training for life, helps us to understand philosophical models and ultimately helps us to understand ourselves.  It also allows us to overcome our fear of death, by approaching the topic in a considered and clear-sighted way.  The three stages of philosophising were also discussed: the theoretical leading to moral/ethical questions and our concluding phase which encompasses salvation/wisdom.

Our historical analysis explored the religious wars of 1550-1650 and the notions of tolerance and toleration.

Our architectural lesson looked at the wonders of Chartres cathedral in this Prezi:

http://prezi.com/slnqpdjb1kp1/york-minster/

We concluded the week by racing through the second Fitt of Sir Gawain and by discussing the problems faced by the E.U. in determining its spending priorities and the role of the “green economy”.

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