Philosophy Courses

Spring Term

Young Philosophers International - Canada

The aim of this series of discussions with young people is to provide course material, guidance and practices that will help participants to:

  • Understand and practice the virtues and qualities that are necessary to evolve a happy, healthy and fulfilling life dedicated to the service of humanity and care of planet earth as a whole;
  • Express their unique natural talents and abilities as fully as possible;
  • Appreciate the wonders of the world we live in;
  • Gain some understanding of the universal laws that govern human life.

Conversations will lead to participants seeing all people and creatures as belonging to a ‘world family’, as they think, speak, and act in a way that is good for everyone.  The aim is to foster an attitude of consideration and care for all people, creatures, the earth and all that comes from it.  The intended  goal is to build confidence and resilience.

Dates: Sundays, May 19 – June 23 from 7 pm to 7:45 pm EST

Format: On Zoom

Tutor: Allison D. Thorpe, OCT

Duration: 6 Weeks

Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: 9 – 16 years old

Philosophy Works!

This introductory course concentrates on the nature of wisdom and how it may be possible to live wisely in today’s modern world. It is the introduction to Practical Philosophy and it demonstrates that philosophy does work.  This means that if one is searching for wisdom, one will find it – not outside in the world, but within.  It is a course that builds confidence in one’s identity and in one’s purpose on a daily basis.   To practice Philosophy is to be mindful and reflective.  Both of these skills can be learned and developed, and one starts at the very first class.  With a Mindful Exercise, participants begin to prepare to take on meditation as a daily practice.   The class is interactive and the spirit of inquiry and discussion frame the culture and tone of the group.

Over the course of 10 weeks, participants cover: Internal Wisdom, Self Knowledge, Awareness, Presence of Mind, Individual Justice and the Tyrants that Interrupt,  Energies, The Light of Reason, The Power of Beauty, Unity in Diversity,  and The Desire for Truth.

Online, on Zoom: Tuesdays, April 23 – June 25 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Tutor: Marie Sassine

In-person at 29, Madison: Saturdays, April 27 – June 29 from 11 am to 1 pm

Tutor: Antonio Levya

Regular Fee: $100.00

Special Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: None

Philosophy & Love

Philosophy is the love of wisdom.  This term we will consider the subject of love.  The questions that will guide this study include the following:  What is love?  In the same way that we have considered wisdom and happiness, is love part of our nature?  Whether we feel love at any one time or not, is it innate?  Is it part of who we really are?   Since the time of the ancient Greeks the question of what is love has been a mainstay of philosophy.  We must explore it fully.

In-person at 29, Madison Ave: Saturdays from 11 am – 1 pm, April 27 – July 6

Tutor: Kathy Cecchetto

Online via Zoom: Wednesdays from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, April 24 – July 3

Tutor: Robert Douglas

Duration: 11 weeks

Fee: $100.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

The Way of Devotion

This term’s material examines bhakti, devotion and love. Although other sources have been used, there are two main sources on which the term’s material is based: The

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 and His Holiness’ Conversations (1974).

You will need a notebook to record some of the practical observations.

The ten sessions are entitled:

  1. Examining devotion
  2. Faith, Reason and Love
  3. Constancy a quality of devotion
  4. Worship and Advaita
  5. Worship of the Beloved
  6. Devotional Women
  7. Nine steps on the way of devotion: The Primary State
  8. Nine steps: The Active State
  9. Nine steps: Relationship
  10. Matters of the Heart

Dates: Saturdays, April 27 – July 6 from 11 am – 1 pm at 29 Madison Ave, Toronto

Tutor: Christine Mifsud

Duration: 11 Weeks

Fee: $100.00

Prerequisite: Meditation