Practical Philosophy Foundation Courses
After you have completed the Practical Philosophy Course (Part 1) you are invited to continue your philosophical journey by becoming a member of the Philosophy School, progressing with the following Foundation Courses, outlined below.
These are each 9 weeks and cover a range of subjects useful to philosophical development. We strongly recommend following the assigned order of courses, as the material continues to build on past teachings.
Part 2: Happiness
Explore the nature of happiness in a practical way, both as an individual and how it connects with other people, our relationship with them and with the wider community. We explore how happiness lies hidden in the unadorned present moment. Do we simply need to get in tune with our own nature, independently of what outer circumstances may be showing, to be happy?
Part 3: Love
Discover the transformative effects of love on yourself and others. This course focuses on the forms, expression and constancy of love. Learn how to connect with love in daily life by being willing rather than willful and by remembering that it is the natural ‘in-between’ - the motive force behind all processes in the world. Allow love to expand its sphere of influence without seeking to control.
Part 4: Presence of Mind
Greater presence of mind leads to greater self-awareness, insight and foresight. This course is designed to help you to live in the present and learn about the universal powers available for use when one has presence of mind:
Part 5: Philosophy and Freedom
Universally, we all have a desire to be free, but do we know what this means? Freedom depends on our use of Reason, so we look at some models of the mind and learn the guiding principles for reason. This course examines some of the realms of Freedom and the obstacles that arise against that freedom. We also explore freedom of speech, as well as natural and eternal laws.
Part 6: The Way of Action
There are three traditional Paths to Liberation: Knowledge, Service and Love (Devotion), corresponding to three types of people. This course delves into the power of service and some practical exercises, focusing on how the most potent action arises from the greatest stillness.
We also study the three parts of an Action: