What we're about

The London Philosophy Club holds free talks from some of the leading contemporary philosophers, including (recently) Robert Skidelsky, John Gray, Galen Strawson, Angie Hobbs and Stephen Cave. We also organise debates, socials, and a regular reading group. Our events are fun, accessible and interactive, and are all guided by our belief that philosophy improves people's lives and should be open to all.

At the moment, we're the biggest philosophy club in the world, and have featured on the BBC World Service, in the Financial Times and Independent, La Confidencial and La Reppublica, and at the How-The-Light-Gets-In festival.

No background in Philosophy is necessary. You will get to know other philosophy lovers, curious souls, open-minded individuals who love wisdom and the exploration of ideas - in a non-academic, relaxed atmosphere, full of debate and challenging topics.

Please use at least your first name and a profile picture to join the club (We take care to block spammers.) Looking forward to having you join us!

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Philosophies for Life online course

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Who are you? How can you know yourself, change yourself, heal yourself and grow to your full potential? This nine-session online course teaches you eight ways to understand the self, eight approaches to self-change, and how they can be integrated together. Feedback from the course: ‘Awesome. Intense. Interesting. Insightful.’ ‘Absolutely amazing. I've been on a real high since the course.’ ‘I felt I gained a number of insights that are immediately useful to my life and future.’ Most courses only teach one approach to the self, one therapeutic or philosophical modality (mindfulness, CBT etc). But such an approach is inevitably one-sided and partial. In the words of Aldous Huxley, the original sin is over-simplification. This course, by contrast, explores the different levels at which our experience can be understood – and changed – and how these multiple levels can be integrated into a comprehensive philosophy of life. It will explore philosophy in the ancient Greek or Indian sense of a practical training to change the psyche and find flourishing. There are only 12 places on the course - six women and six men - so that we have an even number and gender balance. The course balances interesting content with lots of exercises done in pairs or as a group. It's a fascinating journey and a great thing to do during lockdown. The entire course costs £180 but you can get it for £160 if you book before May 30. To book your place, email me at [masked] Here’s the structure. Each session explores a way of understanding the self, and how we can transcend it. June 8,[masked]pm GMT: You are not just your thoughts (Stoicism / CBT) June 15: You are not just your emotions (Buddhist equanimity / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) June 22: You are not just your conscious rationality (The automatic mind, Jung and the shadow) July 6: You are not just your body (William James and the embodied mind, somatic therapy and body-mindfulness) July 13: You are not just your relationships (Bowlby and attachment theory, inherited trauma and family dynamics, authentic relating) July 20: You are not just your job (Status anxiety and burn out, how to work with non-attachment, the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai) July 27: You are not just your class, ethnicity, sexuality or gender (The social determinants of well-being and the impact of discrimination) August 3: You are not just your species (Eco-psychology in the Anthropocene) August 10: Well then who are you?! If you’re interested in booking a place, please email me at [masked] In addition, I am doing one-off 'philosophy safari's every Tuesday evening[masked]pm GMT, for £20. We'll explore a different idea and have group discussion and one on one exercises. Starting this Tuesday. About the course teacher: Jules Evans is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012), which was published in 20 countries and was a Times book of the year. Adrian Edmondson said ‘this book saved my life’. Jules is also the author of The Art of Losing Control (2017) and Holiday From the Self (2019). He is a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He was a BBC New Generation Thinker and a presenter on Radio 4’s History of Ideas series. You can watch Jules’ TEDX talk, ‘how philosophy can save your life’, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuwYvFlNGns His website is www.philosophyforlife.org

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