Practical Philosophy FAQs

How is the course run?
A tutor presents material, and leads a discussion based on what arises. Being practical rather than academic, the emphasis is on personal understanding. Students are encouraged neither to accept nor reject the ideas put forward, but to test them in practice for themselves. In this way the whole week between classes can become a learning opportunity. As the course continues, the most vivid and valuable part of the evening meetings is often sharing what has been seen in daily life between individual sessions.


Do I need any previous qualifications?
No. The course is intended for everyone, regardless of education, occupation, race, political or religious belief.


What does ‘practical philosophy’ mean?
The course is practical in the sense that it is designed to be of direct use in our everyday lives. The intention is to stimulate enquiry and through this expand the way we look at the world and ourselves, conferring happiness and freedom.


What do I need to bring with me?
Just an open and enquiring mind, and an interest in the subject matter. At the end of each evening a handout with key points and any quotations used is provided.

Who are the course tutors?
Our philosophy tutors have all been studying in the School for some time. All have considerable experience of applying the lessons of philosophy to their everyday lives. They come from all walks of life and many different professions, but all share the same love of passing on knowledge in order that people can get the most out of their lives. None are paid for being a tutor.


Will I get a certificate or qualification?
This is not an academic course. There are no exams.


Is the course ‘religious’?
The course is not religious, but it does address the spirit in Mankind. It is designed to be suitable for people of all faiths – and those who follow no particular faith .


When does the next course start?
See details of our next introductory courses on the Courses page of this website.