Philosophy Works

Our 10-Week Introductory Course

Philosophy Works is a ten-session course designed to help students to regain their natural sense of wonder, gaining access to their inner happiness, wisdom, and strength.

It is not an academic survey of great philosophical ideas as one might find in a university. Rather it is an introduction to a series of proven principles that enable students to attain self-knowledge and better their lives through reasonable, compassionate living. The proof of Practical Philosophy’s effectiveness is found in personal experience.

The curriculum is inspired by the philosophy of Advaita (“not two”), and embraces a wide range of philosophical ideas, tapping into the wisdom of the great minds of East and West, including Plato, Socrates, the Buddha, Shakespeare, Emerson, and Shri Shantananda Saraswati.

Much of the learning that students experience comes from their fellow students and their own innate wisdom. The tutors, who direct the classes, are ongoing students in the School who have been practicing Practical Philosophy for many years and generously offer their own insights.

What I have learned here is not theoretical. We discuss going through our daily lives and applying new skills and ways of experiencing things that allows me to cultivate more insight, happiness, and calmness.

— Student

I’ve been studying at this school since 1995. It has added richness, depth and meaning to my life.

— Hal Friedman, Student





This term, students are free to vary their day, time and location of attendance from week to week, though we ask that you please only attend one session each week.

Monday7:00pm – 9:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street
Tuesday7:00pm – 9:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street
Wednesday9:30am – 11:45am – 5 W. 63rd Street
7:00pm – 9:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street
Thursday7:00pm – 9:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street
Saturday10:00am – 12:15pm – 12 E. 79th Street


Classes are available in two locations: at our 12 East 79th Street location and at the West Side YMCA at 5 West 63rd Street.

The School of Practical Philosophy

12 East 79th Street
New York City

West Side YMCA

West 63rd Street
New York City

Ready To Sign Up?

Philosophy Works is accessible to all who are sincerely interested in self-discovery. All that is needed is an open mind and a willingness to examine the ideas that govern one’s life. Sign up today!