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Introductory Course

Introductory 10-week course

Our Introductory Course in Practical Philosophy explores how philosophic wisdom, accumulated over millennia from the world’s philosophic and religious traditions, can be applied effectively in our everyday lives to bring us greater happiness and fulfilment.

The intention of our courses is to help students realise their full potential.​

During the Covid-19 pandemic our branches across the UK are jointly offering courses in both Practical Philosophy and Economics with Justice. Several of our Scottish tutors will be part of the national tutor team. 

Themes Covered

Themes covered during the ten-weekly sessions include wisdom, self-knowledge, presence, awareness and living justly. 

Study Days

Ordinarily, when our courses are run at our local centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow we have a weekend study day once per term.  At this day we provide lunch and invite you to put philosophical principles into practice in the company of fellow students.

The study day also provides an opportunity for one or other of the major philosophers or philosophical traditions to be examined in greater depth than is possible during the weekly meetings.

As always, emphasis is placed on those writings which provide simple yet practical guidance and depth of understanding. For those continuing after the introductory term the diverse topics of these study days, both ancient and modern, are designed to give students an appreciation of the world’s rich philosophical heritage.

The date of the Study Day will be announced early in the term.