Philosophy on Stage: Jenny Morris

"Philosophy and theatre in the western tradition both began in ancient Athens. They both continue to share much common ground: both arise from important issues where controversies are ongoing; both have an essentially dialogue form, and both delve into what it means to be human. We shall discuss plays from several eras and plays which revolve around a range of philosophical dilemmas or debates. These debates may be about morality, about religion, about the nature of a human being, or other such problems. The plays will include Sophocles’ Antigone, French existentialist dramas, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and - most recently - Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem. Should the opportunity arise, there will be a trip to a relevant play during the term; this will be out of class time, and optional. No previous experience of academic philosophy is expected, though it is welcomed. Our discussions will sometimes be intellectually challenging and – it is hoped – stimulating, but those who prefer to listen are just as welcome as those who speak."

Tutor: Jenny Morris

"Jenny Morris is an Associate Lecturer at the OU and also a schoolteacher, teaching Classics and Philosophy. She read these subjects at the University of Cambridge and undertook postgraduate research at University College London. She was Head of Classics at Bedford High School for Girls for twenty years and continues to teach in local schools. She started working as a tutor here at the REC in 2011 and enjoyed the company of its students immediately. "