About Us

The Wessex School of Philosophy was established in 1983, as a Branch of the School of Economic Science. It offers regularly introductory courses in practical philosophy in several venues across the Wessex region, (Hampshire and Dorset), and other occasional courses and events in Southampton and Winchester.

Many people who attend the introductory course decide to continue their study and practice of philosophy, and there are ongoing classes to provide for this. The opportunity to take up the practice of meditation is offered after a few terms’ attendance.

Courses in economics with justice are also offered by the Wessex School from time to time. These aim to show how a more equitable distribution of wealth can be achieved while leaving the world in as good a condition as we find it, or better. Also, there are studies of Plato, Sanskrit and Shakespeare which take place on Saturday mornings during the term.

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The Wessex School also offers usually each term public talks on subjects related to practical philosophy and economics. These talks usually take place in either Winchester or Southampton and are advertised on this website.

The School of Economic Science is a registered educational charity, founded in 1937. The School is a centre of spiritual and practical knowledge and enquiry. Through the courses, activities and events offered it aims to help people lead a full and useful life through a better understanding of themselves and the world around, and thereby to contribute positively to society at large. The main subject explored in the School today is practical, living philosophy, based on the eastern teaching of Advaita (“not two”), which points to the unity underlying all phenomena. It has numerous Branches around Great Britain and there are affiliated Schools in many countries around the world. In addition, the School offers a range of other courses, seminars, workshops, concerts and lectures. Online courses are also provided for anyone who is unable to attend any of the venues in person. Information about these appears on the main school web site.

Find out more about the School on the main London website.

Raymond Payne

Leader of the Wessex School of Philosophy