If you have ever wondered about the roots of the School, where we started and how, we’ve produced a short film to introduce it. The film is only seven minutes long and introduces our founder, Leon MacLaren, and the history of the Practical Philosophy that we now share.
David Horan, Platonic scholar, translator and Head of the School of Philosophy & Economic Science in Ireland, will reveal how Plato was accused by Isocrates of being an ‘impractical, idle talker’, claiming that he, not Plato ‘was properly engaging in philosophy.’ This talk will identify the radical differences in their approaches and discuss the vital role of philosophy then and in today’s world.
Filmed 03 August 2017
How did a Roman slave, a fighter pilot and a modern psychotherapist share a common interest in stoical behaviour? Classicist Christine Lambie will explain, illustrating the influence on modern thinking of the greatest stoic, Epictetus.
Filmed 31 August 2017
What are the principles that can allow an expanding human race to continue to live on earth in harmony with nature? Why do the great majority of human beings behave lawfully most of the time? Where does our innate sense of lawfulness come from? How is this shaped by our moral and philosophical values? Ian Mason, Principal of the School, will offer a perspective.
Filmed 07 September 2017
‘Self Illumination’ is a Sanskrit text that expounds non-duality and has recently been translated into English. It teaches that there is only consciousness and nothing else. Warwick Jessup, the translator, will explore the philosophy of this work, and then take questions.
Filmed 06 June 2017
Join Warwick Jessup as he explores the philosophy of ‘The Eternal Way’, a work attributed to Sankara that expounds non-duality. The text teaches a method to discover the real nature of the Self.
How do emotions and related behaviours trigger similar emotions and behaviours in others? What impact does this have on happiness, health and productivity? Starting in an educational context, Hilary Wyatt, headteacher, will explore its wider importance in developing positive and sustainable team cultures in society at large.
We were delighted to host Lord Skidelsky, who discussed macroeconomic policy since the financial crisis and the case for an enlarged investment role for the state in a modern enterprise economy. The lecture was chaired by Ian Mason, Principal of the School of Economic Science.
Filmed 10 October 2017