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School of Economic Science – Reason, Happiness and Consciousness

The School of Philosophy, Cambridge

The School of Philosophy, Cambridge was started in The 1990s to provide a convenient way for people in and around Cambridge to study Practical Philosophy. It was formed as a branch of the School of Economic Science in London. It is based on the concept that everyone can be happy and since the ideas held by individuals are of profound importance to their happiness and shape their lives; understanding the true principles which underlie them is of benefit for everyone.

The method of enquiry used is based on a well-known principle that real understanding arises only through practical experience. Each student is therefore encouraged neither to accept nor reject the philosophical principles of the East and West that are set before them, but to put them into practice and evaluate their worth on the basis of what they find.

Students in the school meet each week in discussion groups with a tutor, who is also a student of the school. None of the tutors receive any payment for teaching; their time is given freely.

Click here to visit the website for the School of Economic Science.

This School is also affiliated with the East Anglian School of Philosophy, which has branches all over East Anglia. Click here to visit their website.

The philosophical traditions from which this practical approach to philosophy is drawn are far reaching; from Plato, Socrates and the Stoics to Zen and Confucius and the Advaita philosophy of India as well as more contemporary philosophic thinking. The common factor is that the ideas are practical, have been tried and work to improve everyday life experience.

Negative publicity

Over the decades thousands of students have benefitted from and enjoyed the practices and ideas offered. However, a tiny minority of people have not liked the ideas and practices and have voiced their dislike over the internet, calling the School of Economic Science a cult or worse. The “cult” label is particularly ironic. A cult is generally understood to be a religion or spiritual organisation that brainwashes individuals to a certain dogma. The School of Economic Science courses start off with the suggestion given above not to accept anything unless it is found to be true in actual experience.

The aim is to give individuals freedom and greater control over their lives and how they experience life. This unremittingly sceptical and scientific approach is almost diametrically the opposite of a cult.