PRACTICAL Philosophy – introductory course

This course is currently being offered FREE –

a £10.00 administration charge (non-refundable) applies.

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

Practical Philosophy is the exploration of knowledge, wisdom and ideas we can use to make sense of our world.  It is about discovering the truth of things – not in theory, but through our own direct experience.

Designed for thoughtful men and women seeking an understanding of the nature of mankind and the world in which we live, our introductory course of ten weekly sessions enables great philosophic ideas of the past and present to be put to effective practical use in daily life.

While the course aims to be challenging and intellectually stimulating, it is non-academic and there are no exams or written assignments.  The measure of success is not how clever we are at following the arguments, but how effectively we apply what we learn in our day-to-day life.

The course, which is available to join on either a weekday evening or morning, and which includes a Sunday Study Day with lunch, is currently being offered FREE (apart from a £10 administration charge).

Further details of the course can be found below.

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Where the only exam is life

Further details of the Introductory Philosophy course:

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 Enlightenment philosophers.

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 others amongst our students have not been attracted to any religion or spiritual pathway.

The course, which includes opportunities for free discussion, 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. The threefold energy
    7. The light of reason
    8. The power of beauty
    9. Unity in diversity
    10. The desire for truth

Study Day:

In addition to the weekly sessions, the course includes a Sunday study day, with lunch provided, where philosophical principles can be put 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 our 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