Introductory Course : Thu 1, Wed 21 of October - 7 PM

Discover Philosophy


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 civilisation 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 systems of thought of East and West and explore their relevance and practical application for our lives.

Course Content

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

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.

Tickets & Fees


First introductory evening FREE
The introductory evening will be 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.


Price for the whole course 190 (130 concessions), handouts included.
For those wanting to enrol on the full course, payment can either be in advance or after the introductory evening. Attendance will be restricted to 12 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Online FREE Introductory Evening - Thursday 1st October
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Book Online FREE Introductory Evening - Wednesday 21st October
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