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Inspired by Philosophies of East and West. 14 week course in philosophy for living, first class free

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Course in PHILOSOPHY FOR LIVING

It is by practising the universal values of philosophy that we can deeply transform ourselves and turn our ideas into action.

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 Tuesday evening, starting from May 18th 2021.
  • Times: from 7.30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. every Tuesday (connection via a Hangout meet video conference link).
  • Price: free for the first class, 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 recognize 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.

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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