“Courage is knowing what not to fear” says Plato.

It is by practicing 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.

The course offers a series of theoretical and practical classes to progress in self-knowledge, to practice making the most of each circumstance in life without forgetting to develop solidarity with others.

IN PRACTICE

14 classes.

Classes take place every Tuesday evening, starting from January 19th 2021.

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

Price: free for the first 3 classes, 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 centre in Rathmines, Dublin when permitted by government guidelines.

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

COURSE PROGRAMME

ETHICS: TO KNOW YOURSELF: THE WAY OF THE HERO

  • Class 1: Reflection and action.
    The nature of the human being: Who am I? To be and to appear. (free)
  • Class 2: Plato & the myth of the cave.
    Freedom and Responsibility: The Heroic Path. (free)
  • Class 3: India and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.Decision and action: the inner battle. (free)
  • Class 4: Buddhism: suffering and consciousness.Detachment and the middle way: learning from suffering.
  • Class 5: Tibetan Mysticism.
    The path of wisdom and the “Voice of silence”.
  • Class 6: Socrates and the way to Happiness.

SOCIO-POLITICS: TO ACT 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 and initiation
    Education as a path of transformation. What have we learned from our experiences? To what extent do our experiences transform us?
  • Class 4: To learn interdependence and solidarity
    Philosophy as a tool to overcome the “diseases of power”.

ACTING IN HISTORY: THE PATH OF TRANSITION

  • Class 1: To get out of immediacy.
    To be and to become in History.
  • Class 2: Myths and archetypes: re-enchanting the worldRole of imagination in becoming: myth and history.
  • Class 3: Cycles and evolution: Scenarios for a future world.
  • Class 4: Historical perspectives: towards a new Renaissance.

The course includes a practical dimension, to learn to live what we have understood: exercises on concentration, attention, memory, imagination, 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 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!