Part 01: Wisdom

Online Introductory Course in Practical Philosophy

For the Summer Term 2020, our 10-week Introductory Course in Practical Philosophy is going online. This will allow students to interact through video conferencing, not just with the tutors, but with other students in the group.

This course examines how the combined wisdom of East and West can help us find freedom, happiness and fulfilment. Jobs come and go, physical beauty fades, markets rise and fall. Even close relationships can end. But the benefits of philosophy last a lifetime. This 10-session course offers time-tested principles that lead to freedom and sustainable happiness. The course is free with just a €10/£10 registration charge.

Overview

Date 4th May 2020 - 11th July 2020
Duration10 Weeks
Fee€10.00

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What To Expect

The next few weeks may be challenging, we hope that this course makes things a little bit easier. Philosophy means ‘the love of wisdom’ and wisdom is what helps us to master the art of living. In this course we learn how to apply wisdom practically in our everyday lives.

About

Classes start week beginning Monday 4th May. They are held via Zoom video and are 75 mins long. You can choose one class time from 13 different available time slots throughout the week. You will be sent a Zoom link to join the class at that regular time each week over 10 weeks.

This is a course in practical philosophy that can be used in everyday life. It is not a solely academic course. This introductory course concentrates on the nature of wisdom and how it may be possible to live wisely. It is part of a foundation course of philosophy which will also cover happiness and love. These three, wisdom, happiness and love, are central to human life and so are important subjects for inquiry.

We will hear what some of the world’s great philosophers have had to say on these subjects but we will also consider them in practical ways that are relevant to our lives today. It will be conducted in a spirit of enquiry. The most important things will be what students discover themselves, the insights they have and what they find that might be valuable in their lives.

There are two main sources for the School’s philosophy: Advaita philosophy (the philosophy of non-duality), and Platonism. The School draws from many additional sources which are resonant with these two main themes. These together can be viewed as a golden thread that runs through both western and eastern philosophy.


Week 1

Weeks 1 & 2 The Wisdom Within. These opening sessions consider how philosophy can help us enjoy richer, less stressful lives. What is practical philosophy? ‘What would a wise person do here?’ These opening two sessions consider these aims, and introduces simple exercises in mindfulness and the application of wisdom you can practise in daily life.

Week 3

Weeks 3 & 4 Know Thyself. We look at practical ways to explore who we really are and how to tap into our true potential

Week 5

Weeks 5 & 6 Being Awake. Explore deeper levels of awareness, and how we can become more awake to the world around us

Week 7

Weeks 7 & 8 The Present Moment. We introduce a simple practice to help us live in the present moment more frequently

Week 9

Weeks 9 & 10: Living justly. We discuss the ways we might use Plato’s ideas on justice and injustice in our daily lives

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