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Philosophy Works – A 10 week Introductory Course
School of Practical Philosophy
12 East 79th Street, New York City
(between 5th & Madison Ave; walk from #6 train at 77th St.)

Please note this term, the School is offering Philosophy Works classes at our 12 East 79th Street location and at the West Side YMCA at 5 West 63rd Street.

Monday7pm – 9:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street
Tuesday7pm – 9:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street
Wednesday9:30am – 11:45am – 5 W. 63rd Street
7pm – 9:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street
Thursday7pm – 9:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street
Saturday10:00am – 12:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street

School of Practical Philosophy
12 East 79th Street, New York City
(between 5th & Madison Ave; walk from #6 train at 77th St.)

West Side YMCA
West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023

FALL TERM:  Philosophy Works, the School of Practical Philosophy’s Introductory Course, will start the week of September 9-14, 2019.  All other, ongoing classes will also start that same week.

The aim of philosophy is to set people free: free from pressure and free from worry, free to grow, free to be themselves, and free to be happy. This ten session course, Philosophy Works, looks at life and its meaning, the world and its causes. It considers what holds us back and what sets us free. Based on the classic philosophies of East and West, it invites students to see life as a testing ground for applying the words of the wise to daily living through practical exercises.

For the Fall Term, the course fee is $90 for ten weeks of classes.  Classes are offered Monday – Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm; mornings on Wednesday, Saturday. Online classes are also available.

Students may vary their day/time/location of attendance from week to week.  Online registration for Philosophy Works (Introductory Course) will close one hour before class start time on the second week of the term.

View the Schedule and Register online for the Introductory Course – Philosophy Works – by clicking below.


FOUNDATION Courses are additional Philosophy Courses for those who wish to pursue practical philosophy further and have taken the introductory Philosophy Works course. Note: The Foundation Courses are sequential and must be taken in the order listed below.

Philosophy 2:  Happiness
Fee: $90.00.  There is a 50% discount for full-time high school and college students.
Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed the Introductory Course.
Students for Philosophy 2 may vary their day or time of attendance from week to week.

Philosophy 3: Love
Fee: $90.00.  There is a 50% discount for full-time high school and college students.
Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed the Introductory Course and Philosophy 2.
Students for Philosophy 3 may vary their day or time of attendance from week to week.

Philosophy  4: Presence of Mind
Fee: $90.00.  There is a 50% discount for full-time high school and college students.
Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed the Introductory Course and Philosophy 2 and 3.
Students for Philosophy 4 may vary their day or time of attendance from week to week.

Philosophy 5: Freedom
Fee: $90.00.  There is a 50% discount for full-time high school and college students.
Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed the Introductory Course and Philosophy 2, 3 and 4.
Students for Philosophy 5 may vary their day or time of attendance from week to week.

View the Schedule and Register online for the Foundation Courses – by clicking below.

CONTINUING PHILOSOPHY Courses (Beyond Philosophy 5)

View the Schedule and Register online for the Continuing Courses – by clicking below.

Deadline, Guest, Refund and Course Sequence Policies:

  • Withdrawal/refunds:  if a written request to withdraw is received before the term begins, a refund less a 20% registration fee will be granted.  Refunds will be made within 45 days of receipt of the written request; there are no refunds thereafter.
  • We regret that guests are not permitted.
  • Registration must be made online (not in-person or by phone).
  • Tuition Forward Policy:  If for personal reasons you are unable to complete the course after a few sessions (specifically, by the end of Week 3), you are entitled to a free retake of the whole course during the following term and only the following term.  Notice needs to be given to the Registration Team in writing no later than the end of the third week of the term in which you were enrolled and from which you are requesting the tuition be forwarded.
  • There is a prerequisite for all classes except the Philosophy Works Introductory Course and a set progression from class to class which includes not repeating classes which have been completed without permission.  For a full list of these policies, please click here or go to http://www.philosophyworks.org/registration-policies