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Introductory Course : Wed 8 of March - 7 PM

Philosophies of East & West 18-week Course (Vauxhall, SW8)

This 18-week course will introduce you to the major concepts of Eastern and Western 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.

Tickets & Fees
The first evening is free to attend and will take place at our Vauxhall premises. The course will then continue every Wednesday for those who wish to enrol. All evenings are from 7pm to 9.30pm, with a break in the middle for refreshments and food (for those who want). The price for the whole course is £220 (£160 concessions), handouts included. For those wanting to enrol on the full course, payment can either be in advance or after the introductory evening.

Course Content Topics are arranged under three headings: Ethics, Sociopolitics and Philosophy of History.

Ethics - Understanding yourself 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. The topics are: Introduction to Ethics and the philosophies of India, Tibet, Buddhism and China (Confucius).

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. The topics are: Introduction to Sociopolitics, the philosophies of Plato & Aristotle, Justice in Ancient Egypt, Neoplatonism, Importance of Education, the Stoic Philosophers.

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. The topics are: Introduction to Philosophy of History, History and Mythology, Cycles of History, Freedom and Destiny, Hermetic Sciences.

Starting Dates: We have two course openings this year Wednesday 1 March, 7pm at our premises in Islington N1 and a second opening which will take place on Wednesday 8 March in Vauxhall SW8. Please see our other listings to reserve a place for the Islington course.

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Location: Wheatsheaf Community Hall, Wheatsheaf Lane (off South Lambeth Road), London, SW8 2UP