Philosophical Background

Philosophies of East and West

The School's practical philosophy courses are inspired by a universal philosophy which sees everyone and everything as the expression of the one consciousness. In Indian philosophy, it is called ‘Advaita’ which means ‘not-two’, or 'one without a second'. It is also called 'non - dual' philosophy.

There are many ideas and forces which tend to divide the world. In our study we consider how philosophy may strengthen the sense of unity between people, the sense of connectedness.

This idea of unity appears in many of the texts and quotations we read and discuss in class together; these are teachings from a wide range of philosophers, thinkers, poets and writers such as Plato and Shakespeare, Marsilio Ficino, Yeats, Lao Tzu.

This is a golden thread running through the great philosophies of the world, eastern and western.

We seek to discover what unites people.

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young, nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the benefits of philosophy. Epicurus: Letter to Menoeceus

Principles and Practices

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