Timeless & Universal Philosophy

Every civilisation has passed on to us its knowledge and experience of the essential laws of life. A systematic and comparative study of this vast heritage enables us to discover the READ MORE

India

One of the great privileges of our modern times is that we are able to access vast amounts of knowledge from different cultures, often stretching far back into history. The philosophies READ MORE

Tibet

Tibet has been associated throughout history with magic and mystery. The land beyond the Himalayas was a natural fortress, a place of ancient knowledge and spiritual practice. In the 19th READ MORE

Buddhism

Buddhism has its origins in India around the 5th century BC during a time of revival and rejuvenation of mystical and religious thought. Buddhism is a system of philosophical, spiritual READ MORE

China

Throughout history, the great civilisation of China has made many contributions to the development of human thought and flourishing. However, perhaps none have been as influential, READ MORE

Egypt

The name Egypt or ‘Aegyptos’ is in fact a Greek name given to what was previously known as the Land of ‘Kem’ or ‘Kemet’ by the Egyptians themselves. In the world of ancient Egyptian READ MORE

Greece

Legend has it that classical Greece began with the first Olympic Games in 776BC, held in honour of the God Zeus and the inspiration for the Olympic Games we know today. Ancient Greece has READ MORE

Rome

As well as being a civilisation and empire that stretched from Britain in the West to Egypt and Persia in the East, Rome was also an idea, an approach to life which, in its most ideal READ MORE

The Neoplatonic School

The Neoplatonic School originated in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. This city was the crucible of many different cultural traditions, including Egyptian, Greek, Jewish, Persian and READ MORE

Philosophy of History

A term first coined by Voltaire, Philosophy of History means to search for wisdom in the study of history. What can we learn from the experiences and past actions of humanity? And how can READ MORE

The Human Being and the Universe

Of all the mysteries throughout history, the human being has always been one of the greatest. Who are we most essentially? What is our role and position within the universe? What is our READ MORE

The Hermetic Tradition

The Hermetic tradition has its roots in Egypt with the Egyptian God Thoth, who was the patron of all knowledge, science, medicine and writing. However, it found its flourishing during the READ MORE

FURTHER INFORMATION

The 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. The topics are arranged under three chapters: Ethics, Sociopolitics and Philosophy of History.

ETHICS

- Understanding others

Ethics enquires about moral principles and the impact of individuals on their environment. 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 others - India, Tibet, Egypt, The Neoplatonic School.

SOCIPOLITICS

- Living in Together 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. - Confucius, Plato and the Stoics.

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 lessons of history to the present. - Microcosm / Macrocosm and the Cosmovision of Traditional Societies.


Fees for course are £190,(£130 concessions) inclusive of all hand-outs and printed material.


The first evening can be attended separately via Zoom but the course will be held in person at our premises in Islington, subject to government restrictions. In the event of a local lockdown, the classes would temporarily continue on Zoom.


The course runs from 7pm to 9.30pm.


There is a break for refereshments where a home cooked vegetarian meal is available (not included in course fee).

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FURTHER PROGRAMME OF STUDIES

Following the 16 week foundation course there are advanced courses for those who wish to continue

PSYSCHOLOGY. How we answer the question ‘who we are and what we may be’ will shape and influence almost every individual and collective decision we make. This course is a practical and theoretical exploration of our ‘psyche’ and its faculties: consciousness, attention, memory, imagination, will, etc. The timeless maxim “Man know thyself” and how we can develop our potential and master ourselves are the key-notes of this course, which includes practical exercises for self-development.

WISDOM OF EAST & WESTThis course follows on from the Introductory course and runs parallel with Psychology. It takes a look at the bigger questions of life, approaching them from the wisdom traditions of East and West: the enigma of ‘God’, the structure of the universe, the stages of human evolution, the comparative study of religions, the schools of perennial philosophy throughout the ages and teachings regarding the subtle bodies of the human being that have been recognised in many traditional schools of medicine.

APPLIED PHILOSOPHYThe aim of this subject is to show how the timeless wisdom can be applied in the here and now and help us find solutions to our individual and collective challenges.

COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SYMBOLISM OF ALL CULTURES. Symbols are a language we can all recognise but few of us can read. This subject consists of a series of courses that explore the sacred symbols of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, China, Japan, the Mayas, Incas, Aztecs, etc., as well as the symbolism of plants, minerals, animals and architecture. The aim of the course is to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the symbolic dimension for the human being and to enable the student to gradually use symbols as bridges to perceive the intelligible world.

LATER SUBJECTS IN THE PROGRAMME Moralphilosophy, Sociopolitics, Oratory, History of Philosophy, History of Religions, Anthropogenesis, Cosmogenesis, Astrology, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysical Aesthetics and many more…

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