Practical Philosophy – Introductory Course

An Introduction to Practical Philosophy 10-week daytime, evening or weekend course is FREE* and commences the week beginning 23rd September 2019 in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

*The course is free, but we do ask for a £10 non-refundable admin charge to secure your place at the time of registration. Click here to register.

Do any of us really know who we are? Or why we are here? For thousands of years, Philosophy has been searching for answers.

Whilst there is no attempt to cover all philosophical systems, there is plenty for those curious about the big questions life poses, the world that exists around us, and our part in it. Ideas are considered from the works of Socrates, Plato, Confucius, the Bible and other world scriptures, the Buddha and a great many others including the great Renaissance and the Enlightenment philosophers.

Is the course religious? 

We are sometimes asked whether the course is “religious”. The answer is “no”, although it does address the spirit in Man. Each of the great world religions embodies a philosophical system, often of great profundity, and our studies include the consideration of scriptural writings where they seem to address the great questions of life and provide guidance on how to live it.

Students of the School include members of most of the world’s major faith groups, who frequently comment that the philosophy has deepened their understanding of their own religious tradition. Many of our students are not attracted to or part of any religion or spiritual pathway.

During the course, the group freely discusses and enquires into the meaning of human existence, wisdom, knowledge and learning; the levels of consciousness; natural law, thought, feeling, sensation and action; and mankind’s function and possibilities.

Themes covered during the ten weekly sessions are:

1. The wisdom within

2. Know thyself

3. Being awake

4. Attending to the present moment

5. Living justly

6. Energies

7. The light of reason

8. The power of beauty

9. Unity in diversity

10. The desire for truth

Study Days:

In addition to the weekly sessions, the course includes a weekend study day, with lunch provided, where we invite you to put philosophical principles into practice in the company of fellow students.

The study day also provides an opportunity for one or other of the major philosophers or philosophical traditions to be examined in greater depth than is possible during the weekly meetings.

As always, emphasis is placed on those writings which provide simple yet practical guidance and depth of understanding. For those continuing after the introductory term the diverse topics of these study days, both ancient and modern, are designed to give students an appreciation of the world’s rich philosophical heritage.

The date of the Study Day will be announced early in the term.

Locations and dates.

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thought for the week

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.  

Thich Nhat Hanh   (1926 – )  

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk