Welcome to the School.

The School of Practical Philosophy is intended for people seeking a broader view of Life and an understanding of Human Existence.  It is based on a variety of ancient and modern sources selected for their clarity and significance to our everyday lives. A methodical  and organisedstudy with practical guidance for persons starting on the journey […]

About Us

Origins of the School of Philosophy THE SCHOOL was founded in London by Leon MacLaren (1910 – 1994), who at the age of 16 resolved to discover justice and truth. Leon MacLaren’s initial undertaking was the study of economics, which was a real need at the time with the world still suffering from the effects […]

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KZN Branches

You can do one of our many courses online or if you would rather attend a course in person, please have a look at the Schools in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Highway or Ballito.  

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10 Week Online Introductory Starter Course

This ten week course looks at profound principles that lead to a new outlook, and suggests simple steps towards living a better, more meaningful and serene life. The course is practical in the sense that it is designed to be of direct use in our everyday lives. The intention is to stimulate enquiry and through […]

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Recommended Reading

TITLE Ayurveda Cloud of Unknowing Eight Upanishads Guide for the Perplexed AUTHOR Svoboda Wolters (ed.) (Vol 1)(Vol 2) Schumacher PUBLISHER Penguin Penguin S. Gambhirananda Random House Advaita Ashrama Advaita Vedanta As a Women Thinketh Complete Works of Shakespeare Emperor’s New Mind Guide for the Advanced Soul Swami Vivekananda Huist Shakespeare Penrose Hayward Ramakrishna Fowler O.U.P. […]

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A Centre for Spiritual, Practical Knowledge and Enquiry

The School of Practical Philosophy in is a centre for spiritual, practical knowledge and enquiry.  It aims to help individuals lead a fuller, richer and more useful life and to evolve the spiritual aspect of their being in accordance with natural laws.

This is done mainly by providing courses in practical philosophy.


The Zoom course is open to all, no prior knowledge or experience required. Study from the comfort of your own home.

More information about next term such as fees, evenings available go to the website www.practicalphilosophy.org.za

Registration is now open – https://www.practicalphilosophy.org.za/courses-philosophy/ (It might take a few moments for the page to open).