Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Introductory Practical Philosophy course

What does the course offer?
The course is designed as an introduction to practical philosophy – ‘practical’  in the sense that it is relevant to our everyday lives. The intention is to expand the way we think and to look at the world and ourselves, as a result enjoying  greater happiness and freedom. It is based most fundamentally on the philosophy  of ‘Advaita’ – literally ‘not two’. This carries the sense of an underlying unity in all things, recognised as a key to many of the great  teachings of East and West. It is suited to all, irrespective of their race, religion or creed.

When does the next course start?
The first week of the Introductory Course this coming Spring will be from Thursday evening from January 16 to March 27 2014. Each session lasts about two and a quarter hours, including a break for refreshments.

Where is it held?
The venue is to be in Lincoln - refer to the Locations link.

How many weeks does it last?
Ten weeks inclusive of an initial Free Taster meeting on January 16 (see details in Locations link) 

What does the course actually cover?
The course has plenty in it for anyone interested in the world around us. Concepts considered include elements from some of the great philosophic teachings and  religions of the world such as Socrates, Plato, Emerson, Confucius, Shakespeare,  the Bible, the Upanishads, Buddha and Shantananda Saraswati, a modern exponent  of the philosophy of unity. A simple exercise in perception is introduced in the first week.

What is the format of the evenings?
A tutor presents material, and facilitates discussion based on the students' responses.  Students are encouraged neither to accept nor reject the ideas put forward, but themselves to test their effect in practice using their own experience.

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

Do I need any previous qualifications?
No. The courses are suitable for everyone, regardless of education, occupation, race, political or religious belief. The course is not religious, but it does address the spirit in Mankind.

Will I get a certificate or qualification?
These are not academic courses. They are practical rather than theoretical.  There are no set exams. Certificates confirming attendance on the course can be provided.

Who runs the course?
The School of Philosophy in Lincoln which is a branch of the Fellowship of The School of Economic Science and is an educational charity regulated  by the Charity Commission. It was founded in 1937 teaching economics. In the 1950s philosophy became the main study and has remained so ever since. The School has its headquarters in London and many branches in England and Scotland.  Affiliated schools have been established in other countries.

How much does it cost?
The cost is £75 for the ten sessions with a concessionary price of £45, and £30 for full-time students.

When claiming a concession please provide evidence of status.  Simple refreshments are provided each evening free of charge.

Are there any trial sessions?

On occasions a pre-term Free 'Taster' session is held providing an overview of the course. This takes place in the first week of the course, (see details in Locations link).
Generally otherwise you need to enroll for the full ten week course. However, you can cancel your enrolment, for any reason, up to the end of the second week of term (irrespective  of whether you have attended a class). The enrolment fee will be refunded to you, less a £5 administration charge. If for personal reasons you are unable to complete the course after a few sessions, you are entitled to a free retake of the whole course in the following term, subject to availability.

How can I enrol?
You can enrol in advance by requesting an enrolment form from the School (tel 01526 323892), or on the evening of your first attendance.

What about further studies?
On completing the course, some then want to go further; others find that this introduction to the subject sufficiently satisfies their interest. For those who wish to continue, the School offers regular Spring, Summer and Autumn follow-on courses and, after a while, the practice of meditation. All are most welcome to continue. The hope is that everyone will personally find something of real value to them, however long or short their stay.

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