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Humanity is a self-imposed task
it's neither innate nor spontaneous

If you're inclined toward the sciences, you'll be tasked with 'looking forward' to the horizon of cutting-edge research in order to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible.If you're inclined toward the arts, that means that you'll be tasked with looking back in order to preserve the lessons of the past.

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Our directed reading seminars allow students to become familiar with, and develop a strategic approach to, university-level readings. You cannot expect a student to read anything unless they can identify an authentic 'why' that guides their reading. When a student begins to read with intention, they are more likely to take ownership of their words. We don’t read fast we read slow. We don’t read in isolation we read in a group.

PPE  100 

The Art of Critical Thinking

Mark Twain once said: "if you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed; if you read the newspaper, you're misinformed." Begging the question: is there a way out of this dichotomy? Of course there is, it's called PPE 100. This class seeks to cultivate four fundamental academic skills: (i) active listening, (i) active reading, (iii) persuasive speaking and (iv) academic writing. Each session is about learning to think for yourself and to speak for yourself. We emphasize the value of engaging long-form journalism and cultural criticism. We will draw from a variety of resources: Lapham's Quarterly;The New Criterion; The Atlantic: The New Philosopher; The Point Magazine, The New Statesman.

 Our in-person seminar classes fill up quickly; if you are not 
able to secure a spot at UBC you'll be placed on a waiting list
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PPE  100 

The Art of Critical Thinking

Mark Twain once said: "if you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed; if you read the newspaper, you're misinformed." Begging the question: is there a way out of this dichotomy? Of course there is, it's called PPE 100. This class seeks to cultivate four fundamental academic skills: (i) active listening, (i) active reading, (iii) persuasive speaking and (iv) academic writing. Each session is about learning to think for yourself and to speak for yourself. We emphasize the value of engaging long-form journalism and cultural criticism. We will draw from a variety of resources: Lapham's Quarterly;The New Criterion; The Atlantic: The New Philosopher; The Point Magazine, The New Statesman.

If you reside outside Vancouver, or prefer to engage our seminars online, we now offer an on-line learning experience that features our complete course calendar, contact us for details.  

Julien Benda

"There are two sets of principles. They are the principles of power and privilege and the principles of truth and justice. If you pursue truth and justice it will always mean a diminution of power and privilege. If you pursue power and privilege it will always be at the expense of truth and justice." Julien Benda

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