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Introductory Course of Practical Philosophy - details

The Introductory Practical Philosophy course is administered by our head School in London, the School of Philosophy and Economic Science.

Term Dates: 21 September - 6 December.

A ten-week starter course considering the philosophical ideas and questions affecting our everyday lives. Offered free via Zoom in the autumn term.

Do any of us really know who we are? Or why? For thousands of years, philosophy has been searching for answers and seeking the truth in everything. Through Practical Philosophy we seek understanding not through theory, but from our own direct experience. Living life to the full. 

Enrol today for our stimulating and thought-provoking online course of ten weekly sessions, starting Monday 21st September.

Classes are currently held online via Zoom and each one lasts 75mins.

Choose a day and time that suits you. Click here to enrol.

The content of each session is as follows:-


Sessions 1 & 2 - The Wisdom Within - Philosophy means the love of wisdom. Our course is intended to show how philosophy may help us enjoy richer, less stressful and more useful lives. This opening session considers these aims further, and introduces simple exercises in mindfulness and the application of wisdom which can be practised in daily life.

Sessions 3 & 4 - Know Thyself - Who am I, really? My body? My emotions? My strongly held beliefs? My soul? Possibly all of these? Possibly none? Such questions have been considered by philosophers down the ages. We look at practical ways to explore who we really are and how to tap our true potential.

Sessions 5 & 6 - Being Awake - Often the most notable quality of wise people is their alertness to the subtleties of a situation. They are awake, perceptive and curious. We look at deeper levels of awareness, and consider how we may become more awake to ourselves, our surroundings, and the events we meet.

Sessions 7 & 8 - The Present Moment - We review our own experience of attention through a model featuring attention centred, captured, open and scattered, and how these each relate to the past, present and future. We examine the extraordinary brightness and freedom naturally available in the present moment. A straightforward practice is introduced to help us experience this more frequently.

Sessions 9 & 10 - Living Justly - According to Plato, justice and injustice do not start ‘out there’. They begin within ourselves. For justice to prevail, Plato suggests that we must learn to avoid being 'tyrannised' by our passions and fears to the extent they overrule our reason. We discuss the practicality of Plato's ideas on justice in our daily lives.