Find out about Philosophy

Philosophy is defined variously. When I’ve asked clients what they think Philosophy is, these are some of their answers:

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  • The pursuit of Truth
  • Examining life
  • Ethics – exploring what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’
  • Rules to live by
  • How everything ‘fits together’
  • Knowledge and Wisdom
  • Questions about life, the universe and everything
  • Reflecting on Life

These answers are not far from the truth. For Pythagoras, a philosopher was a ‘lover of wisdom’. Certainly, the earliest philosophers inquired about how the world worked. With Socrates, attention moved to human beings. How we lived, our values, and what it meant to live a good life, became concerns.

Topics like love, suffering, emotions and ethics were discussed. There were theories about how to deal with life’s misfortunes, lost loves, anger, disappointment, grief and death. Philosophers talked about ‘healing the soul’ and ‘living well’. In more recent times Philosophy has developed in various ways.

Some Philosophy has become obscure and hard to understand, locked in the academic cupboards of jargon. Some has been distilled and diluted into ‘therapies’ for ‘mental illness’. All counselling, psychiatry and psychology stem from the original ‘healing of the soul’ that was early philosophy’s concerns.

Some Philosophy has been reclaimed to enhance the lives of ordinary people in life, healing, work and education. Programmes such as Philosophy for Children and Philosophy Cafes promote discussion and reflective thinking skills.

Philosophical Counsellors have revived Philosophy’s ancient art of healing, using it to relieve suffering and distress.

Philosophy Courses

Adults, children and teachers can do philosophy. Attending a Philosophy Course expands your horizons and brings a new and exciting dimension to life.

Philosophy for Adults – Several short courses for adults who have never done philosophy before, starting with a 4-week course Philosophy for Beginners.
Philosophy for Children – For children of all ages – Kindergarten to Grade 12 – delivered through schools or as a holiday programme.
Philosophy for Teachers – Teacher training courses – to show teachers and other educators how to ‘do philosophy’ with their students. Develops reflective thinking, discussion and social skills, and enhances all learning.
Socratic Dialogue – a 5- week course for groups of adults or workplace teams, in which you learn how to explore a single topic in depth.

See also: Socrates

Get in touch to know more about any of the courses. If you would like to attend a Philosophy for Beginners  course, put your name down. Tell your friends and as soon as we have enough takers, we will organise the next course. You won’t be disappointed!

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Between Stimulus and Response, man has the freedom to choose (Stephen Covey)