Introductory Course to Practical Philosophy

The 10-week Introductory Course to Practical Philosophy offers a practical approach to the study and practice of philosophy. It is for anyone who has ever asked themselves ‘What am I doing here?’ or ‘How can I be truly happy?’

Drawing on ideas from Eastern and Western philosophers and writers the courses explore the meaning of wisdom, truth and consciousness. Meditation, mindfulness and awareness practices are given and practiced each week to encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves, our world and mankind.

After completion of this course you can expect to:
increase awareness and energy;
become more grounded and confident;
overcome the limiting effects of negative emotions;
learn the art of living mindfully;
be more productive and, at the same time, free of stress.

The approach is practical rather than academic. There are no exams to pass. No sitting at desks. The course does not offer certificates or diplomas, but something much more important – a living philosophy that is of real value in developing one’s full potential.

The Introductory Course is offered three times each year commencing in February, May and September. The course is presented on various days of the week, giving you the option of varying your day/night of attendance each week, or you can participate online.

Each term, the School of Philosophy offers an Introductory Course that lasts for 10 weeks. Students who complete this course are welcome to complete subsequent courses in the following terms. This enables students to pursue the study of Philosophy for as long as they like. For those who decide to continue their study beyond the Introductory Course, the practice of meditation is offered in later terms.

Course outline
Why study philosophy? The nature of wisdom. Being and awareness; the exercise
Self-discovery. Self-knowledge. Who or what am I? What is my potential in living? How may I realise that potential? These questions are as old as mankind itself.
Different levels of awareness. What is our usual state of awareness? Are there greater levels of awareness? If so, how may we gain access to them?
Living in the present moment, the now. What is the potential of the present moment? We will consider the power of attention to connect with the present moment.
What is justice and injustice? What does it mean to live justly? In particular we will look at what Plato has to say on this subject.
How to understand and use energy well. Can we increase the energy available to us?
We will consider two practical frameworks for reason. How can reason cenrich our lives?
What is beauty? What is its purpose? Where does it come from?
How to see unity in diversity, the common thread of life?
How does the desire for truth show itself? How may it be satisfied?

Head to the School of Philosophy Brisbane website to register your interest.

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