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14 week course: Ethics: To know yourself&to live your values Socio politics: To live with others in solidarity Acting in history

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Course in PHILOSOPHY FOR LIVING

The practice of philosophy develops self-confidence, moral strength and resilience to face the difficulties and crises of life. It allows us to become an actor of change in our lives and around us.

More than an academic course, Philosophy for Living teaches students how to practice philosophy as a way of life. As such, the course offers a series of theoretical and practical classes to progress in self-knowledge. This allows us to bring the timeless values of philosophy to bear in the face of our daily circumstances.

This methodology has been universally proposed throughout history as a means of awakening individual authenticity and developing a better way of living together. Only as individuals can we together improve the future, today.

IN PRACTICE

  • 14 classes.
  • Classes take place every Thursday evening, starting from October 21st 2021.
  • Times: from 7.30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. every Thursday (connection via a Hangout meet video conference link).
  • Price: first 2 classes FREE, then €120 (€ 80 concession) to enrol.

Open to all, no prior knowledge of philosophy necessary.

The course will start online and will continue in our centre in Rathmines, Dublin when permitted by government guidelines.

This course, Philosophy for Living, is followed by further levels for those who wish to progress.

PROGRAM OF COURSE: PHILOSOPHY FOR LIVING

ETHICS: TO KNOW YOURSELF AND TO LIVE YOUR VALUES

Class 1: What is Philosophy?

Philosophy: a way of life. How to recognise and develop human values. (free)

Class 2: Plato and the myth of the cave

Freedom and Responsibility: To develop autonomy in our thoughts and actions. (free)

Class 3: India and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita

Approach to inner conflict.

Class 4: Buddhism - suffering and consciousness

The art of letting go and the middle way.

Class 5: Tibetan Mysticism

The path of wisdom and “The Voice of the Silence”. The value of introspection and reflection.

Class 6: Socrates and the way to Happiness

SOCIO-POLITICS: TO LIVE WITH OTHERS IN SOCIETY

Class 1: How to change society?

To act with ideals in a changing world.

Class 2: Relations between Individual and State

Individual ideal and collective ideals. To see and imagine our personal life in the midst of the uncertainty and transition of our societies.

Class 3: Education

Education as a path of transformation. What have we learned from our experiences?

Class 4: To learn interdependence and solidarity

Combining autonomy and solidarity as a model of society.

ACTING IN HISTORY: FORGING OUR FUTURE

Class 1: Philosophy of History

Past experience as a driving force of future development

Class 2: Myths and archetypes: re-inspiring the world

The role of imagination in the process of becoming: myth and history.

Class 3: Cycles and evolution.

Scenarios for a future world.

Class 4: Historical perspectives.

Towards a new Renaissance.

The course includes a practical dimension, to learn how to apply what we have understood:

- exercises on concentration, attention, memory, imagination

- the management of the body, energies and emotions

- awareness of habits.

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

The philosophy classes are offered by members of New Acropolis Ireland team which has over 30 years of experience teaching philosophy in a friendly and participative environment.

Our instructors are passionate and experienced philosophers who, as volunteers, share their experience of living philosophy.

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The philosophy promoted by New Acropolis is, above all, a way of life which is accessible to all and consists of putting into practice the teachings of the wise men and women of all times. The application of knowledge results in a better individual, who will therefore be capable of building a better world.

Philosophical experience forms the basis for a model of active and participative culture, which brings out the qualities of each person, broadens the horizons of the mind and fosters all expressions of the spirit.

This type of culture makes us free and better.

The sense of service to humanity takes the form of a firm commitment to today’s society and to the future, and a determination to answer the great questions that arise from living in a world full of contradictions and challenges.

If philosophy – as a search for the truth – manages to bring us closer to the root of things, to their deepest cause, everything takes on a new meaning. It is important to know why we act and who we want to benefit with our actions and what we want to achieve.

A practical philosophy, which helps people to live, to harmonise the human being with others and with the world, to accept what one is and to fight for what one wants to be.

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