Developing a coherent philosophy of life is an important part of well being and fulfillment. This course is designed to give you a grounding in the essential insights required to develop a guiding philosophy for your life.
NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR AUTUMN 2019
EARLY BOOKING IS RECOMMENDED AS PLACES ARE LIMITED
PHILOSOPHY FOR LIVING
“The Unexamined Life is not worth Living”.
A very special evening course combining the insights of the great philosophers with the practical findings of modern psychology to deepen your awareness and support your personal development. All presented in a friendly and easy going manner.
Week 1. ON BECOMING A
What does it mean to be a person? How is identity formed? What is the Self? The difference between
self-respect and self-esteem. Understanding Narcissism and its spread in modern
Week 2. FREEDOM OF CHOICE
What does it mean to be free? What are realistic
expectations for change and what resources are required. Is it possible to design your own life? Why do
so many people make choices that lead to enslavement?
Week 3. THE QUEST FOR
What gives us a sense of meaning and purpose? What is the connection between our
spirituality and having a sense of meaning our life? How do we find or create that meaning.
Week 4. GOOD AND EVIL
How can we understand the nature of evil in the world and
what can we do to elevate and progress the good. Morality and Conscience. How do these relate
to our core values?
Week 5. ENRICHING RELATIONSHIPS.
What does it mean to belong.
How can we make strong bonds of attachment to others without losing our
own way. Implications for healthy
relationships. The problem of Co-dependency.
Week 6. THE PROBLEM OF SUFFERING
Unnecessary Suffering. What to avoid and
what to embrace. Grief, Loss, Trauma. The nature of healing and recovery.
Week 7. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Developing a personal
philosophy of life based on reflections and influences of the great thinkers
covered in the previous weeks.
Socrates, Plato, St. Augustine,
Rousseau, Kierkegaard, Kant Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Arendt,
Marcuse, Ortega, Fromm, Maslow, Erikson, Jung, Frankl, Bowlby, Foucault, and
Don't worry! It will be all presented in a digestible and straight forward manner.
Dates: Mon Oct. 7th to Mon Nov 18th
Venue. Menlo Park Hotel. Headford Rd. Galway
Time. 8pm to 10pm
Cost. 135 eu
Advance Booking is required as there are limited places and will be assigned on a first come first served basis.
Booking Deposit of 50 euro required.
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By Post: Send cheque or postal order with your contact details including your e-mail address to
20c Terryland House
Remainder to be paid on the first night.
I have worked in the fields of private counselling, training and development for over 30 years. I hold NUI accredited post-graduate degrees in both Counselling Psychology and in Philosophy and recently completed a Doctoral study in Philosophy on the subject of human evil. Elected Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development I also served two years on the national executive of the Irish Association of Addiction Counselling specialising in the long term effects of growing up with parental alcoholism. In addition to my private practice I present training seminars and workshops nationwide to family centres, third level institutions and to adult education services. I am the author of five books covering a wide range of topics related to personal growth,emotional healing, recovery and positive living.