It is by practising the universal values of philosophy that we can deeply transform ourselves and turn our ideas into action.

The practice of philosophy develops self-confidence, moral strength and resilience to face the difficulties and crises of life. It allows us to become an actor of change in our lives and around us.

More than an academic course, Philosophy for Living teaches students how to practice philosophy as a way of life. As such, the course offers a series of theoretical and practical classes to progress in self-knowledge. This allows us to bring the timeless values of philosophy to bear in the face of our daily circumstances.

This methodology has been universally proposed throughout history as a means of awakening individual authenticity and developing a better way of living together. Only as individuals can we together improve the future, today.

Course in Dublin

Starts on Wednesday, 9th June 2021

IN PRACTICE

14 classes.

Classes take place once a week, from 7.30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. every week (connection via a Hangout meet video conference link).

First class is FREE, then € 120 (€ 80 concession) to enrol.

Open to all, no prior knowledge of philosophy necessary.

The course will start online and will continue in our centres when permitted by government guidelines.

This course is followed by further levels for those who wish to progress.

COURSE PROGRAMME

ETHICS: TO KNOW YOURSELF AND TO LIVE YOUR VALUES

  • Class 1: What is Philosophy?
    Philosophy: a way of life. How to recognize and develop human values. (free)
  • Class 2: Plato & the myth of the cave.
    Freedom and Responsibility: To develop autonomy in our thoughts and actions
  • Class 3: India and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.Symbolism of the Bhagavad Gita. Approach to inner conflict.
  • Class 4: Buddhism: suffering and consciousness.The art of letting go  and the middle way.
  • Class 5: Tibetan Mysticism.
    The path of wisdom and “The Voice of the Silence”. The value of introspection and reflection.
  • Class 6: Socrates and the way to Happiness.

SOCIO-POLITICS: TO LIVE WITH OTHERS IN SOCIETY

  • Class 1: How to change society?
    To act with ideals in a changing world.
  • Class 2: Relations between Individual and State
    Individual ideal and collective ideals. To see and imagine our personal life in the midst of the uncertainty and transition of our societies.
  • Class 3: Education 
    Education as a path of transformation. What have we learned from our experiences? 
  • Class 4: Interdependence
    Combining autonomy and solidarity as a model of society.

ACTING IN HISTORY: FORGING OUR FUTURE

  • Class 1: Philosophy of History
    Past experience as a driving force of future development
  • Class 2: Myths and archetypes: re-inspiring the worldThe role of imagination in the process of becoming: myth and history.
  • Class 3: Historical Cycles and evolution.
  • Class 4: Historical perspectives: towards a new Renaissance.

The course includes a practical dimension, to learn how to apply what we have understood:

    • exercises on concentration, attention, memory, imagination
    • the management of the body, energies and emotions
    • awareness of habits.

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

The philosophy classes are offered by 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, as volunteers, share their experience of living philosophy.