“You can only change the world by changing yourself”, say the great sages of humanity.

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 taking advantage of each circumstance in life without forgetting to develop solidarity with others.

IN PRACTICE

Course length: 14 weekly classes in Philosophy for Living.

Classes take place every Thursday evening, starting from September 10th 2020.

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

Price: free for the first 3 classes, then € 40 to enrol (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 when permitted by government guidelines.

This first cycle of practical philosophy classes continues with additional levels for those who wish to progress.

COURSE PROGRAMME

ETHICS: TO KNOW YOURSELF: THE WAY OF THE HERO

  • Class 1: Meditation and action.
    The nature of the human being: 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 world of confinement and transition.
  • Class 2: Relations between Individual-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 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”.

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 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!