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Course: Philosophies of East and West

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16-week course introducing the major concepts of Eastern and Western philosophy

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Philosophy means love of wisdom (philo-sophia) and is an active attitude of awareness towards life. In this sense, we are all born philosophers, with an innate need to ask questions and with the intuition that there are answers to be found.

Every civilisation has passed on to us its knowledge and experience of the essential laws of life. A systematic and comparative study of this vast heritage enables us to discover the universal and timeless ideas that have formed characters, shaped visions of the future and helped men and women to meet the challenges of their time.

This 16-week course will introduce you to the major systems of thought of East and West and explore their relevance and practical application for our lives.

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First introductory evening FREE

The introductory evening will be via Zoom, but the course will be held in person at our premises in Islington, subject to government restrictions. In the event of a local lockdown, the classes would temporarily continue on Zoom.

Price for the whole course £190 (£130 concessions), handouts included.

For those wanting to enrol on the full course, payment can either be in advance or after the introductory evening. Attendance will be restricted to 12 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Content

Topics are arranged under three chapters: Ethics, Sociopolitics and Philosophy of History.

Ethics - Understanding yourself

Ethics enquires about moral principles and the impact of individuals on their environment. It is also related to happiness, as it helps us to find the right inner attitude to deal with different life situations in ways that are beneficial to ourselves and others. (Major concepts of the philosophies of India, Tibet, Ancient Egypt and Neoplatonism)

Sociopolitics - Living together in harmony with others

Sociopolitics looks at relationships in society, both between individuals and between the individual and the group. It is concerned with finding principles by which we can create harmonious communities where everyone can flourish. (Major concepts of the philosophies of Confucius, Plato and the Stoics)

Philosophy of History - Being part of something greater

We are all products of history and at the same time we all contribute to making history. Philosophy of History seeks wisdom in the study of the past and how to apply lessons of history to the present. (Introduction to Philosophy of History, Microcosm and Macrocosm, The cosmovision of traditional societies)

For more information about the course please visit philosophiesofeastandwest.org

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