New Acropolis Events

Past Events
Introductory Course
Mon 28th October at 7pm
Discover Philosophy
Philosophies of East and West

Philosophy means love of wisdom (philo-sophia) and is an active attitude of awareness towards life. In this sense, we are all born philosophers, with an innate need to ask questions and with the intuition that there are answers to be found. Every civilization has passed on to us its experience and understanding of life.However, most of us have had little opportunity to learn about the vast heritage of ideas that have inspired and guided humanity throughout history.

This 16-week course will introduce you to the major concepts of Eastern and Western Philosophy and explore their relevance and practical application for our lives.

Course Framework

Ethics: Understanding yourself
Ethics enquires about moral principles and the impact of individuals on their environment. But it is also related to happiness, as it helps us to find the right 'inner attitude' to deal with different life situations in ways that are beneficial to ourselves and to others.

Sociopolitics: Living together in harmony with others
Sociopolitics looks at relationships in society, both between individuals and between the individual and the group. It is concerned with finding principles by which we can create harmonious communities where everyone can flourish.

Philosophy of History: Being part of something greater
We are all products of history and at the same time we all contribute to making history. Philosophy of History seeks wisdom in the study of the past and how to apply the lessons of history to the present.

Philosophy for Living: Practical Application
What is the value of thinking without action? Action is the real measure of what we are, theory and practice inform each other. Each course evening will explore the practical relevance of philosophy and its potential to transform ourselves and society.

First introductory evening FREE. Price for the whole course £190 (£130 concessions), handouts included.
Short Course
Thu 24th October at 7pm
The Language of Symbols
- Various

Symbols are a language we can all recognise but few of us can read. Over thousands of years, symbols have been used to express the ineffable and to create a bridge between the invisible and visible dimension. Learning to understand them better will help to develop our imagination, which is one of our most important and powerful faculties. Symbols have the power to re-connect us with a world full of meaning.

This 3-week course (1 evening per week) will introduce you to symbology - the study of symbols. The course will explore some of the most important symbols of different cultures and reveal deeper layers of meaning in art and architecture.

Topics of the 3 evenings

  1. Introduction to symbology and the universal symbols of numbers, geometric shapes and nature.
  2. Sacred Art and Symbols of India (Buddhism, Hinduism).
  3. The symbolic dimension in Sacred Architecture.
Thu 21st November at 7pm
Celebrating World Philosophy Day:
Philosophers of the British Isles

This year, New Acropolis in London has decided to dedicate World Philosophy Day to an eclectic selection of British and Irish Philosophers. How have these philosophers, from a range of different eras, contributed to the growth and development of culture in Britain and Europe? And can their contributions still help us navigate our lives today?

The evening will consist of various short presentations - please see our website closer to the date for more details. There will be buffet-style refreshments provided both during the break and after the event with time for philosophical conversation.

Thursday, 21st November at 7:00PM
Short Course
Thu 28th November, Thu 5th and Thu 12th December at 7pm
Discover Classical Music
- Sabine Leitner

This short course is aimed at people who would like to expand their understanding and appreciation of classical music and discover more of the beauty that has enchanted generations of listeners. We will listen to selected pieces (on CD) and each evening will be dedicated to a particular epoch, starting with Baroque, followed by Classical and finally Romantic music. The evenings will also give an overview of the historical times and the ideas that inspired each of these movements, as well as some information on the composers. By the end of this short course, you will hopefully feel that you have gained in general knowledge and developed your inner senses to connect with music in a deeper way.

The presenter, Sabine Leitner, studied music at the universities of Graz and Vienna and ran her own music school in Vienna for several years.. She has lived in London since 1996, where she is Chair of the New Acropolis School of Philosophy, and Director of the International Tristan Institute of Music and Arts.