Philosophy Courses

Winter Term

Philosophy Works!

This is an impactful introduction to Practical Philosophy. The practical piece starts with the first class, The Wisdom Within. As the title suggests, you begin to uncover the knowledge you already possess. You will also be introduced to an ancient meditative exercise which has relevance today. The class energy is fuelled by authentic discussions of everyday experiences, which lead to increased awareness of self and the world around you. You leave each class with feelings of lightness and freshness!

Over the course of the 10 weeks, you begin to master strategies that lead to freedom from stress, increased self confidence, and a sense of quiet well-being and contentment. This type of self-care ultimately results in reduced self criticism and gentler interactions with others. You deserve this!

Dates: Week of January 15 to Week of March 19,  2023

Choose either:

Wednesdays 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST (Online Zoom Conference)

Tutor: Bob Douglas

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST (In-person at 29 Madison Ave, Toronto, ON)

Tutor: Antonio Levia

Duration: 10 Weeks

Regular Fee: $100.00

Special 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: Week of January 15 to Week of March 26, 2023

Tuesdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST (Online Zoom Conference)

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST (In-person at 29 Madison Ave, Toronto, ON)

Duration: 11 weeks

Fee: $100.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

Philosophy as a Way of Life

Having considered The Way of Action, The Way of Devotion and The Way of Knowledge, this term’s study is about investigating how these three actually work together as a way of life.  It is a way of living that brings freedom and happiness to oneself as well as to others.  The idea of philosophy being a way of life is central to the School’s approach to its study.

Dates: Week of January 15 to Week of March 26, 2023

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Tutor: Bob Douglas

Duration: 11 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Fee: $100.00

Prerequisite: The Way of Knowledge