The Spirit of Inquiry

Philosophy | Literature

Course Description

How, as adults, do we retain or regain the sense of wonder that emerged spontaneously in our early childhood? How can we stimulate, rejuvenate, our natural desire to know? Why do questions matter? What is the role of imagination in the questioning process? And, how do we spot and follow through on the questions that are percolating just below the surface of our everyday life? 

In this six-week course we will give full rein to the spirit of wonder, curiosity, and inquiry that is the wellspring of adult human learning. Readings will include selections from M.T. Carley’s Creative Learning & Living, Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon’s Interpretive Discussion, Bernard Lonergan’s Insight, and Plato’s Symposium, as well as various poems and short stories. 

Though open to all, this course will be conducted as a pilot project to prepare discussion leaders in the TMI method.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • TBA

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

NEW PAYMENT POLICY: Participants must pay the course fees in order to be considered registered for the course. 

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Thursday 19 January 2023

Course Length: weeks, Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Moira Carley, Irene Menear

Degree Credit: 1.5 credits

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)
$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)
$105.00 (promotion for new students)

NEW REFUND POLICY FOR 6-WEEK COURSES: Course fees are refundable in full before the first session. After the first session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the second session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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