Join Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson for a series of six seminars on a radical approach to everyday life.
The Idler Symposium Series takes place at the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell. Each seminar will consist of a 50 minute talk followed by 30 minutes Q&A. Tickets include a glass of wine.
Cost: £15 for one seminar / £12 concessions / £60 for six seminars
1. Idling: The First Thousand Years – Monday 23 September
Tom brings us a history of dynamic loafing from the Taoists and ancient Greek philosophers to the early Christians.
2. Idling: The Second Thousand Years – Tuesday 1 October
Tom discusses the two major historical blows to idling: the Reformation and the Industrial Revolution. He praises the romantic rebels from Isaak Walton to Blake to Oscar Wilde to Johnny Rotten to John Lennon.
3. Plato’s Symposium: An Introduction to the Foundation Text of Philosophy – Wednesday 9 October
Philosophy was invented by a Greek slacker called Socrates and a temple prostitute called Diotima. Plato’s Symposium relates the story of a discussion on love.
4. Waste Not: The Advantages of Frugality to the Idle Life – Monday 28 October
A history of frugal philosophies and a discussion how being financially sensible today can open up acres of free time.
5. Smash the System: An Introduction to Anarchism – Tuesday 12 November
A new history and reevaluation of anarchism as a practical political approach.
6. What Did Silicon Valley Ever Do For Us? – Monday 18 November
How to escape the clutches of the big tech barons and make the Internet great again.