Continuing Ed: Philosophy over 50

Philosophy over 50 is a series of talks relating life experiences and some of the concerns of Philosophy.

Sessions are tailored to suit individuals or groups (maximum of 10 participants).  There is no minimum as to either the number of particpants or the number of sessions.

For the ancients, it was known that those over fifty held the wisdom of that era. Wisdom was a capability of the person, not to be found in books for there were few that could read, and even fewer books to be found. Wisdom was something that was developed from experience, verbally shared, and passed to those that asked. Philosophizing is a fit and proper activity for those over fifty to reflect on a life’s worth of decisions based on their own life experiences and lessons learned.

This course consists of short introductory talks about a topic followed by a participant-led discussion relating personal experiences and feelings about the topic.

Possible discussion topics include:

  • What is the scope of philosophy?
  • Can morality be programmed, for example, in self-driving cars and autonomous military drones?
  • Is justice the same as fairness?
  • How might a political system be just?
  • What are the ethics of biotechnology, for example memory enhancing drugs and designer babies?
  • What are the arguments for an afterlife?
  • What are the ingredients of a well-lived life?


Fall 2018: Tuesday, October 23, centre alimentaire Aylmer, as part of the Université de Sherbrooke, Université du troisième âge, (Third Age, Continuing Education)


Winter 2018: Wednesday, February 21 Outaouais satellite campus of the Université de Sherbrooke, Université du troisième âge, (Third Age, Continuing Education), Chelsea-Wakefield


Eight sessions, Fall and Winter terms at the University of Ottawa

Winter 2017: Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, January 17-March 7

Registration begins December 1st, 2016


Fall 2016: Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, September 27-November 15

Registration begins August 1st, 2016


6 sessions, Spring 2016: Tuesdays 7-9 pm, April 5- May 10, 2016.

Registration begins November 1st, 2015.