Philosophies of East and West Course


Course Start Date: Thursday 26th May at 7.30pm & Saturday 28th May at 10.30am
Duration: 16 weeks
Cost: €160\€120 (under 26, students, unemployed, seniors)
Venue: 43 Lower Rathmines Road

Philosophy Course Outline

This Philosophy course is designed to explore the philosophical teachings from some of the major schools across the world in a comparative context. With an emphasis on practical philosophy, the course seeks to take inspiration from these teachings and integrate them into contemporary daily life.

The class topics are based on three categories:
  • Ethics
  • Political philosophy
  • Philosophy of history

The aim of this formational philosophy course is to know ourselves better and to activate our inner potential. This allows us to express the best of ourselves and to act accordingly in the world around us. Choosing a philosophical approach gives new meaning and direction to life. The aim of the practical exercises, which will be integrated into the weekly classes, is to develop philosophical attitudes and behaviour by harmonising the hand, the heart and the head; to gain these as tools rather than be controlled by them.

We learn to see the best in ourselves and in those around us, and to conquer our fears. We learn to better listen to others and to extract the essential from what they are saying. We transform the theory into practise and the practise into experience.

Course fee: €160\€120 (under 26, students, unemployed, seniors)
Duration: 16 classes (once a week)
When: Thursday 26th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th at 10.30am

Course Topics

Practical Philosophy

The Enigma of Life:

  • What is philosophy?
  • The 7 principles of man and the universe.

Hindu Philosophy

The Wisdom of Ancient India (Hindu Philosophy):

  • Learning to be decisive, to affirm our place in the world and act in a just manner.
  • The importance of altruistic action and the balance between passivity and hyperactivity.

Tibetan Philosophy

Teachings from Tibet:

  • The inward journey and the training of the mind.

Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophy:

  • Activating the best in ourselves.
  • The four Noble Truths explore the nature of suffering and how we might overcome it.
  • Going from illusion and suffering to a liberating freedom.
  • Learning about detachment and the middle way.

Egyptian Philosophy

Egypt, the Land of Mysteries:

  • Life, afterlife and morality in ancient Egypt.
  • The pyramid as a symbol of man and society.

Greek Philosophy

Greece and the Great Philosophers:

  • Conquering our fears and being present in our present.
  • The myth of the cave, freedom, responsibility and taking the risk of change.
  • Happiness as a choice.
  • The happiness of the soul guided by Virtue and the indispensable spirit of friendship needed to be a philosopher.

Neoplatonic Philosophy

The Neoplatonic School of Philosophy:

  • The nature of the soul and the universe.

Political Philosophy

Our Connection with Others and the World:

  • A philosophical approach to living in society.
  • Changing ourselves so that we can then change society.
  • Being a philosophical citizen. Values, morality and fraternity.

Natural Philosophy

Recognising the Laws of Nature in the Manifest World:

  • The role of memory and imagination in becoming. The common destiny of humanity.
  • Stability and change, cycles and evolution.
  • The role of myth, ritual and initiation.
  • The common destiny of humanity.

Practical Psychology:

  • Exercises to explore the body, emotions and mind.

Philosophical Dialogue

Philosophical Dinner:

  • Being open in our thinking, listening to others, learning to detach ourselves in a positive manner.
  • Learning what a question is, how to question and developing our logic and ability to enter into dialogue


Philosophy Course

Further Studies

The teaching of New Acropolis unfolds in seven cycles of classes from the introduction to the philosophies of East and West up to maieutics, one evening class per week.



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What is Philosophy?

The word philosophy means the love of wisdom.