Established in New York City in 1964, the School of Practical Philosophy is a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. Following the lead of a school started in London in 1937, its curriculum, inspired by the philosophy of Advaita ("not two") embraces the ideas fostered by a wide range of philosophers, thinkers and writers. Among the purposes listed in its corporate charter are:
• To study the great philosophical and religious teachings of the past and present.
• To teach and demonstrate how these principles can be put to practical and effective use.
• To promote the observation of the natural laws governing relationships among members of society.
• To examine the principles, ideals, customs and traditions upon which the United States was established.
• To sponsor a series of lectures on philosophy, economics and related subjects by distinguished guests.
“Practical philosophy” is not an academic survey of philosophic ideas as one might find in a university. Rather, it invites students to put great principles into practice in order to discover how their lives may be enriched by them and how their human potential can be more fully realized. In this approach, personal experience is the only valid proof of effectiveness.
No previous study of philosophy is required. The course is accessible to all who are sincerely interested in self-discovery. All that is needed is an open mind and a willingness to examine the ideas that govern one’s life under the light of philosophy. For more information on courses and activities, see the School's website at www.philosophyworks.org.