Neither gods nor masters

Ref: C2228309

The title represents a popular phrase, used mainly by promoters of anarchist ideas. Appropriately, there is a lively debate about its origin! Both anarchism, and atheism / deism are frequently portrayed as threatening forms of idealism. But this simplistic view does little to to truly convey the extraordinary depth of thinking behind "libertarianism". Both the political left, and the right lay claim to libertarian principles, and that difficulty will be discussed - in depth! In many ways, several of these ideas are a continuation of 18th century Enlightenment thinking - that what is important is developing self-belief in one's ability to make informed decisions and judgments, rather than just blindly accepting the beliefs of others. Individual liberty, the self, the church, the state, political systems ....... all of the relationships between these aspects of civil society will be examined, and discussed.

Course aim

We shall be considering a wide range of challenging and provocative ideas that are summed up by the title of this course, and cover aspects of principally anarchist thinking, and the principles of forethought.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • have a greater understanding of libertarian ideas
  • decide whether or not libertarian attitudes are, essentially, just self-serving
  • question whether the purpose of revolution is "to instruct, not to destroy"
  • discuss, in a spirit of self-confidence, the issues raised

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Just an open mind and an interest in getting stuck into useful discussions!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Neither gods nor masters

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