Philosophy Courses

Fall 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: September 16 to November 18, 2021 and September 18 to November 20, 2021

Choose either:

Thursdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST or

Thursdays 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST or

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Duration: 10 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructors:

Bill Wolodarsky (Th AM), Bob Douglas (Th AM) & Ouma Cuniah (Sa AM)

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: September 18 to November 27, 2021

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Duration: 11 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Kevin Hurley

Regular Fee: $100.00

Special Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

Philosophy & Love

Love is one of the most investigated topics in Western society, and yet we want to know more about it. This course builds on foundations established in the introductory course as it uncovers answers to the question: Is love universal or limited?

Using the process of self-examination topics include but are not limited to: pure love expressed through the creation; the nature of love in overcoming all limits; and gratitude.

Participants reflect upon the unity of knowledge and the true meaning of work – love made visible.  Discussions exemplify and reveal open-heartedness and the connection between law and love.  It’s a truly beautiful study.

Dates: September 16 to November 25, 2021

Thursdays 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM EST

Duration: 11 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Kevin Hurley

Regular Fee: $100.00

Special Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

Presence of Mind

In this course, students shall consider what the present really is and what it contains.  Students shall consider the nature of the mind, its powers and its capabilities.  This course is fully practical.

Week 1. Being Present.  What does this mean?  How is it possible to live more in the present?

Week 2. Getting Nectar from Poison. This indicates how with philosophy it is possible to extract something valuable even from adverse situations.

Week 3. Absolute Presence. In this session we will consider the philosophic and practical differences between absolute and relative existence

Week 4. Plato’s analogy of the cave. This is one of the most famous writings in western philosophy. It follows up the subject of absolute and relative existence

Week 5. We will continue with Plato’s cave and discuss its practical implications.

Week 6. The Power of Thought. This will be the first session given to considering what powers are available in the present moment. We will also discuss mindfulness as it has appeared in recent times in the West

Week 7. The Power of Decision, and how to use that power well.

Week 8. The Power of Love. We will consider both how that may expand and how it is restricted.

Week 9. The Power of Will

Week 10. The Sovereign Self, the Self to which the powers of thought, decision , love and will belong. We will also speak about meditation as it is offered in the School.

Week 11. Give What You Lack, as a practical way of expanding the experience of the present.

Dates: September 18 to November 27, 2021

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Duration: 11 Weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructor: Bob Douglas

Regular Fee: $100.00

Special Fee: $50.00

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

Mundaka Upanishad

The Mundaka Upanishad is one of the principal sources of knowledge that burns off ignorance and leads to the Atman.  During this study, students will learn more about the nature of the Atman as they gain practical guidance as to how that knowledge might be realized.

The word Mundaka means ‘shorn’ or ‘shaven’.  Thus, the sense is that the Mundaka Upanishad conveys the knowledge by which one is shorn, or liberated, from error.

Dates: September 18 to November 27, 2021

Saturdays 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Duration: 11 weeks

Location: Online Zoom Conference

Instructors: Harvey Levkoe

Regular Fee: $180.00

Special Fee: $90.00

Prerequisite: Meditation