Welcome to the School of Philosophy, Melbourne!

Our Courses

Practical Philosophy explores the meaning of wisdom, truth and consciousness and the real nature of the human being.

It draws from the great philosophical teachings of the East and West to help us enjoy a deeper understanding of ourselves, our world and our fellow mankind.

Practical Philosophy offers students an effective and novel approach to the great questions of life: Who am I? How can I be truly happy? How can I be at peace? What is the purpose of my life? How may I realise my full potential?

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About the School

The School of Philosophy, Melbourne, has been offering courses in practical philosophy since 1977.

The School began in London in 1936 when a small group of people came together to study economics, seeking an understanding of the universal laws that govern the relations between people in society. They hoped to discover principles that would help to eliminate the social ills prevailing at that time.

This inquiry soon led to the study of Philosophy, and the School’s philosophy courses are now widely available.

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Features

Lifestyle & Culture Lectures

Lifestyle & Culture Lectures

The Lifestyle & Culture Lecture Series presents unique and exciting talks that explore issues of health and well-being, the arts and society, and the quest for happiness and self-knowledge.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

An informative, experiential and interactive course, exploring not just the theory, philosophy and science of mindfulness but also how to apply it to all aspects of life.

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Cultural Day

Cultural Day

The Cultural Day is a wonderful opportunity for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students—along with family and friends—to take part in a range of workshops spanning the arts and sciences.

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Erasmus Primary School

Erasmus Primary School

Erasmus Primary School was established in 1996 with the support of the School of Philosophy, and is now a thriving concern in the heart of Hawthorn, with nine sister schools around the world.

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Upcoming Events

In addition to the regular Philosophy classes and classes on a range of other subjects, the School regularly hosts events—one-off talks, lectures and gatherings in good company—for the enjoyment of students and their family and friends.

Upcoming events are listed here, and also on our dedicated Events page. Some of our most popular featured events also have their own pages, so that you can learn more about them.

On the Calendar

  • Christmas Concert - Sunday 11th December, 2016
  • Plato Summer School - Wednesday 4th January to Wednesday 11th January, 2017, Sydney (refer to Features page for details)
  • Youth and Young Professionals Retreat - Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st January, 2017, Sydney (refer to Features page for details)
  • Sanskrit Residential Week - Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st January, 2017, Melbourne (refer to Features page for details)
  • Start of Term 1, 2017 - Monday 30th January, 2017
  • Marriage and Relationship Course - commencing Tuesday 7th February, 2017 (refer to Features page for details)
  • Australasian Abhinaya Residential - Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April, 2017

Australasian Abhinaya Residential 2017

Melbourne is hosting the first Australasian Abhinaya Residential. In April 2017, join good company to learn the beautiful dance of Abhinaya.

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Family Christmas Concert

Join us for another delightful concert of carols, readings and musical performances by some of the talented members of the School community.

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