Philosophy Courses

Spring Term

Philosophy Works!

This is a course in practical philosophy that can be used in everyday life.  It is not a solely academic course. This introductory course concentrates on the nature of wisdom and how it may be possible to live wisely. It is part of a foundation course of philosophy which will also cover “Happiness” and “Love”. These three, Wisdom, Happiness and Love, are central to human life and are thus important subjects for philosophic inquiry. 

A mindfulness exercise is introduced.  The class is interactive and the spirit of inquiry and discussion frame the culture and tone of the group.

Dates: April 15 to June 17, 2021 and April 17 to June 19, 2021

Choose either:

Thursdays 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM EST or

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Duration: 10 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Bill Wolodarsky (Th) & Ouma Cuniah (Sa)

Regular Fee: $100.00

Covid Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: None

Philosophy & Happiness

Having investigated wisdom that resides in each one of us, this course explores the nature of true happiness.  We all know what it is to be happy, but what makes it so elusive sometimes?

This term, we will explore and investigate the true nature of happiness, how it can be fully experienced and how it is lost, as well as the effect of gaining happiness at the expense of another person’s happiness.  As we work through this exciting topic, we will encounter ideas that challenge whether or not happiness is natural and whether it is permanent or transient. 

We shall investigate “The Platonic Goods” that lead to happiness and the interpretation of these by Marsilio Ficino.  Lao Tzu’s ideas on finding one’s inner equilibrium and Patanjali’s thoughts on contentment and the connection between happiness, work, and wisdom will keep us engaged for the duration of the course. 

Dates: April 15 to June 23, 2021

Thursdays 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Duration: 11 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Kevin Hurley

Regular Fee: $100.00

Covid Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

Philosophy & Freedom

Everyone longs to be free of something.  But as a practical philosopher, you’ll be interested in the meaning of true freedom.  Plato has a great deal to say about this, but how does it apply to your life today?  This is what Philosophy & Freedom explores.  We’ll ask ourselves, what do we understand by the word “freedom”?

Dates: April 17 to June 26, 2021

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Duration: 11 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Robert Douglas

Regular Fee: $100.00

Covid Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

Advaita

Advaita philosophy is the central inspiration of the School’s teaching, where Advaita literally means ‘not two’, the prefix a being the negation. It is sometimes translated as ‘one, without a second’.

This course focuses on the principles and practices of Advaita philosophy. Participants are encouraged to practice meditation on a daily basis.

Dates: April 17 to June 26, 2021

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Duration: 11 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Harvey Levkoe

Regular Fee: $180.00

Covid Fee: $90.00

Prerequisite: Meditation

Meditation Preparation

Just as one prepares the soil for planting seeds, one needs to prepare the mind and body for meditation.  This course opens up the study of Advaita Philosophy, its origins, and its teachers and it gently cultivates mind and body for spiritual growth.  Participants learn how to navigate spirituality by way of daily life in a busy world.

Dates: April 17 to June 26, 2021

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Duration: 11 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructors: Allison Thorpe and Carolyn Cohen

Regular Fee: $180.00

Covid Fee: $90.00

Prerequisite: M Level