About us

The School of Philosophy North East

School of Philosophy North East

We are the School of Philosophy North East, a regional branch of the School of Philosophy and Economic Science, we offer Practical Philosophy classes at our philosophy in Sheffield, York, Doncaster, Nottingham, Loughborough, Leeds, Sheffield and Huddersfield.

The School is a registered educational charity, founded in 1937, whose principal object is to promote the study of natural laws governing relations in human society.

Discussion groups

The School works through discussion in groups.

All tutors are also students of philosophy within the school, and attend weekly classes as a student.

The intent of the school is that everyone attending, however long or short their stay, will find something of value for use in their lives.

All are welcome

All are welcome to sample what the school has to offer through the introductory course, and to continue further with their studies as they wish.

We are an educational charity and a not-for-profit organisation. Course fees are kept as low as possible and are used to enable the school to continue to offer its courses to as many people as possible.

Advaita

Advaita is a term from the Sanskrit language coined by the 7th century Indian sage Shankara that means; non-dual, not-two, i.e. one, unity. 

Advaita is a ‘golden thread’ that runs through most of the worlds major wisdom traditions.

For instance, in Buddhism it is expressed as Zen, in Judaism it is found in the teaching of the Cabalah, it is found in Gnostic Christianity from the works of the early desert fathers and medieval mystics. In Islam it is Sufism, in Taoism it is the Tao itself, in the Indian tradition where it expressed most profoundly it is the philosophy of Vedanta.

It can also be found implicitly in Plato, the American Transcendentalists movement and from relatively contemporary teachers like Alan Watts and Eckhart Tolle.

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Wonderful classes

"Thank you so much to my tutor for the wonderful classes that you have taken. My whole life has transformed since joining the course. I feel a much better person and that is all credit to you and the way you conduct the class and encourage its members.”
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The present moment

“This course ‘woke me up’, particularly to the present moment. Learning to use the ‘full stop’ between daily events and pausing, rather than everything running in to one continuum”
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Very practical

“I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It has been very practical and has given me lots of tools and exercises to use in my daily life. Coming back each week and feeding back to the group has reinforced what I have learned and given me extra pointers”.
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