Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished. The line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life. There is only one day left, always starting over. It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are, that is the fact. When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: the plausible disappears at the same time as the friends. You let events flow by too.Suddenly you see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail. You'd make a terrible witness. It is true that people who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. Luckily, I only have a few...

Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Thinkwrite with Dr Peter Moore

As a PhD students you always are on the look out for opportunities to inspire you and reassure you that you are on the right track. I have luckily met with Dr Peter Moore for "My thesis" workshop as part of University of Liverpool's graduate school summer programme. Dr Moore gave us all a booklet which I believe is a good starting point towards rethinking your work as a whole. I have posted the two pages I found most useful on my wall to be a constant reminder of where I am at and where I am going. These valuable pages are a chart of my thesis plan chapter by chapter and a mind map which gives me a whole comprehensive view to see the work in its totality. No session of course is perfect as I found myself wondering about other things too. But Dr Moore's humor and cynicism towards academia, writing and marketing was always bringing me back to the classroom. I could not stop myself from wondering about the idea of Thinkwrite as a business that provides a variety of courses. Could this possibly be the way forward if one diverges from the route to an academic position? Could one's own experiences be the basis for a business idea? Why not. If you are a PhD student like me who would like some valuable resources and help writing up, check Dr. Moore's website: http://www.thinkwrite.biz/about_us/


  1. Thanks for being such a vibrant participant in the course. Do keep in touch. ThinkWrite has grown out of my experience of life in academia, media and communications - it has turned into an interesting business and we are looking for facilitators who can take the materials + their own experience to new audiences and countries. Get in touch if you are interested. pete@thinkwrite.biz

  2. How about adding my blog to the list you follow?