Course Start Date: Thursday 26th May at 7.30pm & Saturday 28th May at 10.30am Duration: 16 weeks Cost: €160\€120 (under 26, students, unemployed, seniors) Venue: 43 Lower Rathmines Road
Philosophy Course Outline
This Philosophy course is designed to explore the philosophical teachings from some of the major schools
across the world in a comparative context. With an emphasis on practical philosophy, the course seeks to
take inspiration from these teachings and integrate them into contemporary daily life.
The class topics are based on three categories:
Philosophy of history
The aim of this formational philosophy course is to know ourselves better and to activate our inner potential. This allows us
to express the best of ourselves and to act accordingly in the world around us. Choosing a philosophical approach
gives new meaning and direction to life.
The aim of the practical exercises, which will be integrated into the weekly classes,
is to develop philosophical attitudes and behaviour by harmonising the hand, the heart and the head;
to gain these as tools rather than be controlled by them.
We learn to see the best in ourselves and in those around us, and to conquer our fears.
We learn to better listen to others and to extract the essential from what they are saying.
We transform the theory into practise and the practise into experience.
Course fee: €160\€120 (under 26, students, unemployed, seniors)
Duration: 16 classes (once a week)
When: Thursday 26th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th at 10.30am
The Enigma of Life:
What is philosophy?
The 7 principles of man and the universe.
The Wisdom of Ancient India (Hindu Philosophy):
Learning to be decisive, to affirm our place in the world and act in a just manner.
The importance of altruistic action and the balance between passivity and hyperactivity.
Teachings from Tibet:
The inward journey and the training of the mind.
Activating the best in ourselves.
The four Noble Truths explore the nature of suffering and how we might overcome it.
Going from illusion and suffering to a liberating freedom.
Learning about detachment and the middle way.
Egypt, the Land of Mysteries:
Life, afterlife and morality in ancient Egypt.
The pyramid as a symbol of man and society.
Greece and the Great Philosophers:
Conquering our fears and being present in our present.
The myth of the cave, freedom, responsibility and taking the risk of change.
Happiness as a choice.
The happiness of the soul guided by Virtue and the indispensable spirit of friendship needed to be a philosopher.
The Neoplatonic School of Philosophy:
The nature of the soul and the universe.
Our Connection with Others and the World:
A philosophical approach to living in society.
Changing ourselves so that we can then change society.
Being a philosophical citizen. Values, morality and fraternity.
Recognising the Laws of Nature in the Manifest World:
The role of memory and imagination in becoming. The common destiny of humanity.
Stability and change, cycles and evolution.
The role of myth, ritual and initiation.
The common destiny of humanity.
Exercises to explore the body, emotions and mind.
Being open in our thinking, listening to others,
learning to detach ourselves in a positive manner.
Learning what a question is, how to question and developing our logic and
ability to enter into dialogue
The teaching of New Acropolis unfolds in seven cycles of classes from the introduction to
the philosophies of East and West up to maieutics, one evening class per week.