Dr. Michael Hardiman Ph.D
Psychologist and Educator
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I am working on a full 10 part course on the problem of human evil with particular reference to the work of Hannah Arendt.
Philosophy for Personal Development
PART OF THE 'PHILOSOPHY FOR LIVING' SERIES
“The Unexamined Life is not worth Living”.
Philosophy for Personal Development is a very special online course combining the insights of the great philosophers with the practical findings of modern psychology. You will find much here to challenge you, to sharpen your mind and to nourish your soul. Content is presented by me in a lecture format and in a friendly easy going manner. You do not need formal education to enjoy and learn from this course. You can simply engage with the content, or if you wish to pursue a deeper learning adventure into philosophy and psychology you will find many resources here. I will direct you to reading and online material that will include references to the great pioneers in these fields as well as well as resources from literature and history.
Enroll and enjoy. Michael
Module 1. BECOMING YOUR BEST SELF
Do you ever ask the question "Who am I"? What is it that make each of us a unique human being, and where did the idea of "The Self" come from?. What is the difference between self-respect and self-esteem? Why is self awareness so important in living a good and fulfilling life
Module 2. EXPANDING YOUR FREEDOM
What does it mean to be free. What are realistic expectations for change and what resources are required. Is it possible to design your own life? How to avoid making choices that lead to enslavement?
Module 3. LIVING WITH MEANING AND PURPOSE
What gives you a sense of meaning and purpose? What is the connection between your spirituality and having a sense of meaning in life? How to find or create that meaning.
Module 4. UNDERSTANDING GOOD AND EVIL
How can we understand the nature of evil in the world and what can we do to elevate and progress the good. Morality and Conscience. How do you relate to the shadow side of yourself.
Module 5. ENRICHING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.
What does it mean to belong. How to make strong bonds of attachment to others without losing your own way. Implications for healthy relationships. The problem of Co-dependency.
Module 6. COPING WITH ADVERSITY AND SUFFERING
Necessary and Unnecessary Suffering. What to avoid and what to embrace. Grief, Loss, Trauma. The nature of healing and recovery.
Module 7. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Developing a personal philosophy of life based on reflections and influences of the great thinkers covered in the previous modules.
Socrates, Plato, St. Augustine, Rousseau, Kierkegaard, Kant Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Arendt, Marcuse, Ortega, Fromm, Maslow, Erikson, Jung, Frankl, Bowlby, Foucault, and others.
Don't worry! It will be all presented in a digestible and straight forward manner.
This course will be presented in a series of 30 minute lessons which will be rolled out beginning January 2021. Each module comprises 4 classes and costs 20 eu in total for each module. You can choose which ones interest you. To enroll simply send me your email contact details under the heading "Online Course" to [email protected]
Once you are on the mailing list I will contact you directly with details of price, payment method and dates for receipt of the lessons.
One day seminar open to public.
Date to be announced.
1. MAKING A MORE TOLERANT SOCIETY
The Third Reich showed that one of the most educated, sophisticated and advanced societies in human history could turn into an enormous killing machine implementing mass murder on a vast scale that would have continued its murderous activity on an even greater level had it not been defeated militarily. This deathly process was enabled, supported and abetted by the citizenship of that country without which this mass evil could not have continued with such catastrophic results. Philosopher Hannah Arendt shows that this evil was supported and carried out in large part by those who “never decided to be good or bad”. This seminar shows that traditional understandings of morality are not helpful in understanding how ordinary decent citizens (You and Me) turn into a collaborators, and engage in a range of levels of evildoing. This seminar is "a call to arms" to not just to learn about mass evil but to play a part in preventing it gaining hold in our society.
MICHAEL HARDIMAN Ph.D
I have worked in the fields of private counselling, training and development for over 30 years. I hold NUI accredited post-graduate degrees in both Counselling Psychology and in Philosophy. Elected Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development I also served two years on the national executive of the Irish Association of Addiction Counselling specializing in the long term effects of growing up with parental alcoholism. In addition to my private practice I present training seminars and workshops nationwide to family centres, third level institutions and to adult education services. I am the author of five books covering a wide range of topics related to personal growth,emotional healing, recovery and positive living.