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Studies in practical philosophy can have a significant bearing on many other subjects. Students in the School have applied philosophy to more specialized fields including music, art, dance, language, education, ethics, economics and law and have found in their specialist subjects further opportunities to advance philosophic understanding. Indeed it is possible to assert that all fields of human endeavour can be used to advance philosophic understanding and that philosophy has its application in all fields of human endeavour. The School works on this principle and encourages students to pursue their own interests with a philosophic perspective.As a result more than forty books written by students in the School on a variety of subjects are available, as well as recorded music and lectures. The School is a centre for the study of the Sanskrit language and for the translation from Latin of the works of the Renaissance philosopher, Marsilio Ficino. The School’s musicians organize and perform regular concerts as well as encouraging and developing the art of composition.

NATURAL LAW

The intention of the School’s founders was to base their studies on natural laws and this continues in most Schools around the world. Natural law is not confined to the physical sciences and includes principles which govern both human life and the ordering of the universe, such as justice and freedom. With some knowledge of such principles it is possible for human beings to learn to live naturally and abundantly without exploitation or misuse of each other or the living world. It is in discovering and applying principles of natural law that philosophy and economics come together as directly related spheres of knowledge.

ECONOMICS-WITH-JUSTICE

The School takes the view that the study and practice of economics has to be founded on principles of justice and equity and that economic injustices indicate failures to understand or observe basic principles of economics. Economics is taught in the School as a human subject derived from observable principles of human nature and laws intrinsic to the natural world and universe and the human relationship with them.

All the major problems of contemporary economic life can be examined in this context with a view to offering practical policies and principles as the foundation of a more just and equitable economic system. Economics-with-justice can be studied on its own, but it is also an expression of practical philosophy applied to human society.


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