The main topics in the Introductory Philosophy Course are:
Week 1: The Wisdom Within. We will explore this further in this session.
Week 2: Know Thyself. Self-discovery. Self-knowledge. Who or what am I? What is my potential in living? What is my nature? These questions are as old as mankind itself.
Week 3: Being Awake. Different levels of awareness. What is our usual state of awareness? Are there greater levels of awareness? If so, how may we gain access to them? In the last few years, Mindfulness has become increasingly well-known. We will consider aspects of this in both weeks 3 and 4.
Week 4: Attending to the present moment. What is the potential of the present moment? We will consider the power of attention to connect with the present moment.
Week 5: Living Justly. What is justice and injustice? What does it mean to live justly? In particular we will look at what Plato has to say on this subject.
Week 6: The Threefold Energy. How to understand and use energy well. Can we increase the energy available to us?
Week 7: The Light of Reason. We will consider the purpose of reason and how it may be strengthened.
Week 8: The Power of Beauty. What is beauty? What is its purpose? Can we experience beauty more widely and deeply?
Week 9: Unity in Diversity. How to see unity in diversity, the common thread of life?
Week 10: The Desire for Truth. How does the desire for truth show itself? How may it be satisfied? Review the term.
This practical philosophy course draws its inspiration from many rich sources of both western and eastern philosophy and inspires a fresh outlook and approach to living a harmonious, purposeful, peaceful and happy life in the present.
Students are welcome to continue with the study of Practical Philosophy beyond the Introductory Course. The main topics of the next few Courses which may be taken in any order are:
- Presence of Mind
If you wish to attend the Introductory Course:
Enrolment takes place from 30 minutes before the first session, or you can enrol online.
Each session last about 2 hrs, including a short break for light refreshments.
See our dates and locations page for details of where courses are held in the Wessex (south central) area.
The current fee for the course is listed on the fees page.
We have listed some answers to common questions on our Questions and Answers page.