“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves” Victor E. Frankl

We have been in confinement for several weeks now, in accordance with measures taken by the government since March 17th.

More and more of you are sharing with us your need to exchange, to reflect on the post-confinement process, as well as on the meaning to give to this experience in our lives.

Faced with uncertainty, illness, the death of a loved one or the economic difficulties caused by confinement, the need to derive meaning from all this is immense. And before answering ‘how’ we are going to go about resuming our lives, many rightly ask the question of ‘why?’.

Questioning the meaning of things, giving meaning to our choices, to our lives, living according to what is essential for us: this is the whole reason philosophy exists. 

This art of living according to what is essential is our speciality at New Acropolis. More than that, it is our reason for being.

This is why we have been teaching for over 60 years around the world, and this is why we continue, tirelessly, to open schools of philosophy in the 21st century, where everything is going too fast, where neither Nature nor the nature of the human being are taken into consideration or respected.

For all these reasons, we have decided to open a new cycle of practical online philosophy classes, in order to live this experience of confinement and post confinement in a different way.

IN PRACTICE

12 practical philosophy classes 

Classes take place every Wednesday evening, from May 13th to July 29th, 2020.

Course length: 3 months

Times: from 7.30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday (connection via a Hangout meet video conference link)

Price: free for the first 3 classes, then € 20 per month (special rate)

Open to all, no prior knowledge of philosophy necessary.

The course will start online and will continue in our centres in Rathmines, Dublin and in Bray, Wicklow once the confinement period has ended.

PROGRAM OF COURSE: PHILOSOPHY FOR LIVING

ETHICS: 4 CLASSES TO KNOW YOURSELF THROUGH THE CONFINEMENT EXPERIENCE

  • Class 1: What is the Human Being?
    To be and to appear, through the example of life in confinement (free)
  • Class 2: Plato and the myth of the cave
    Belief, learning, knowledge, through the influence of the media (free)
  • Class 3: India and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
    The inner struggle: what confinement confronts in us and how to overcome it (free)
  • Class 4: Buddhism: suffering and consciousness
    Detachment and the middle way: learning from suffering

SOCIO-POLITICS: 4 CLASSES TO ACT WITH OTHERS IN SOCIETY

  • Class 1: How to change society?
    To act with ideals in a world of confinement and transition
  • Class 2: Relations between Individual-State
    Individual ideal and collective ideals. To see and imagine your personal life in the midst of the uncertainty and transition of our societies
  • Class 3: Education and initiation
    Education as a path of transformation. What have we learned from confinement? To what extent does this experience transform us?
  • Class 4: To learn interdependence and solidarity
    Philosophy as a tool to overcome the “diseases of power”

PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY: 4 CLASSES TO UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES OF THE CURRENT TRANSITION

  • Class 1: To get out of immediacy
    To be and to become in History
  • Class 2: To re-imagine the world
    To reclaim myths and the power of imagination in order to become a conscious actor of History
  • Class 3: Cycles and evolution
    What scenarios for a post-confinement world?
  • Class 4: Towards a new Renaissance?
    What can we learn from Coronavirus in relation to collective consciousness and our individual responsibility? To build a transition module, post-confinement.

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

The philosophy classes are offered by the members of New Acropolis Ireland team which has over 30 years of experience teaching philosophy in a friendly and participative environment.

Our instructors are passionate and experienced philosophers who like to share their love and their living experience of philosophy.

They will be delighted to present this unique and original approach to you in philosophy for living!