Practical Philosophy Courses
Practical Philosophy is the exploration of knowledge, wisdom and ideas you can use to make sense of your world. It’s about discovering the truth of things – not in theory, but in our own experience.
- Meet online or connect in-person
- Course runs for 10-12 weeks
- 3 terms each year with new courses starting in January, May and September
- No prior knowledge is required
Introductory Module - Wisdom Within
This ten week introductory course looks at profound principles that lead to a new outlook, and suggests simple steps towards living a better, more meaningful and serene life.
The course is practical in the sense that it is designed to be of direct use in our everyday lives. The intention is to stimulate enquiry and through this expand the way we look at the world and ourselves, conferring happiness and freedom.
We would encourage you to explore and deepen your understanding beyond the Introductory Module and we offer a range of opportunities to enable you to do so from Part 2 onwards. For students who have completed the Introductory Module, we run follow-on courses. Each course runs for 10-12 weeks.
Part 1 - Wisdom Within
Practical Philosophy is the exploration of knowledge, wisdom and ideas you can use to make sense of your world. It’s about discovering the truth of things – not in theory, but in our own experience. This ten week course looks at profound principles that lead to a new outlook, and suggests simple steps towards living a better, more meaningful and serene life.
Part 2 - Philosophy & Happiness
The true nature of happiness. Being in tune with one’s own nature. The principle that all be happy. Observing the movements of the mind.The present and passing time.The difference between pleasure and happiness. Natural values continued. Attention and efficiency.
Part 3 - Philosophy & Love
The importance of love. How it is gained and how it is lost. The nature of love overcoming limits. The things that conceal love. What it is that is loved. The nature of gratitude. Love and law. Freedom of love and law together. Love guided by wisdom.
Part 4 - Philosophy & Presence of Mind
What in truth is present and receiving knowledge from what is present. Plato’s analogy of the cave. The importance of nourishing the mind. The power of decision and attention. The nature of criticism. The powers of thought, decision, love and will as universal powers.
Part 5 - Philosophy & Freedom
What is the true nature of freedom? How may freedom be experienced fully and constantly? In what ways is freedom lost? How does this apply both to individuals and to societies?
Part 6 - The Way of Action
The way of action is said to be one way in which the individual may seek to experience and become universal. We have considered the analogy of the actor both on-stage and going backstage. With this knowledge it is possible to act in a universal manner. We tend to spend all day long engaged in action. But what does philosophy say as to how this can take place in a way that is not binding but liberating?
Part 7 - The Way of Devotion
When actions become liberating rather than binding, the power of devotion naturally opens up in a person. The devotion may be to anything, for example to a sports team, to one's family, to a job or a cause. This is an exceedingly powerful force in human life.