History

Find out more about the origins and the history of the School in the 7 minute video below.

History timeline

1937
School History
School Founded

Henry George School of Economics founded in London by Leon MacLaren. It was renamed the School of Economic Science in 1942.

1954
First Philosophy Courses
Philosophy Courses

First series of Philosophy courses offered, developed from the teachings of Ouspensky and Gurdjieff.

1957
Overseas Schools
First Overseas Schools

First overseas school established in Wellington, NZ. Since then associated schools have opened in North America, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Malta, S Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Venezuela.

1959
Meditation
Meditation

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi visits the UK, bringing the next stage of development, Meditation.

1965
Meetings
Meetings

First of many meetings of Leon MacLaren and Shri Shantananda Saraswati.

1983
Courses in Dorset & Hampshire
Courses in Wessex
dorset practical philosophy courses

Philosophy courses first offered in....

1994
Mr MacLaren passes away
New Senior Tutor

Mr MacLaren passes away. Mr Donald Lambie succeeds him as Senior Tutor.

1997
Shri Shantananda passes away
New Teacher

Shri Shantananda passes away. First meeting with Shri Vasudevananda Saraswati.

1997
School name change
School name changed

The name of the school is changed to the School of Philosophy and Economic Science.

How it works on our educational courses

A tutor presents material, and leads a discussion based on what arises. Being practical rather than academic, the emphasis is on personal knowledge. Students are encouraged neither to accept nor reject the ideas put forward, but to test them in practice for themselves, in the light of their own experience.

Frequently asked questions

The course is practical in the sense that it takes philosophical ideas and shows how they can be of direct use in our everyday lives. The intention is to stimulate enquiry and through this expand the way we look at the world and ourselves.

Online by selecting the course and location you wish to enrol on, add to cart and then checkout. Alternatively you can email wessexphilosophy@fses.org

If you register online, you will receive a confirmation email with your receipt and the start date of the course for your first days attendance. If you register by any means other than online, you will receive a receipt confirming your registration.

No, all you need is an open and enquiring mind. The course is intended for everyone, regardless of education, occupation, race, political or religious belief.

First you need to enrol on a course. The in-person courses are available in Chichester, Poole and Southampton. Local maps can be found on this page. Other local venues are also available up and down the UK.

If you have any questions simply call us on 07808 931241 or by emailing wessexphilosophy@fses.org

Practical Philosophy Poole

What some of our students say...

“Absolutely loving the course!!"

“Absolutely loving the course!! …Really changing how I think about things and life in general.”

“...I am benefiting greatly ..."

“...I am benefiting greatly from the content and the practical nature of it. Thank you, it is enriching my life.”

“I feel more relaxed...”

“The daily awareness exercises … have changed my thinking and I feel more relaxed about situations in the media and other aspects of my daily life.”

"...helped me..."

"The knowledge and experience that I have gained from the philosophy classes has helped me to discover more about myself and better prepare for dealing with life's daily surprises and challenges."

Introductory Practical Philosophy Courses

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