Philosophies for Life and Other Dangerous Situations
Who are you?
How can you know yourself, change yourself, heal yourself and grow to your full potential?
This eight-part, four-evening course teaches you eight ways to understand the self, eight approaches to self-change, and how they can be integrated together.
Most courses only teach one approach to the self, one therapeutic or philosophical modality (mindfulness, CBT etc). But such an approach is inevitably one-sided and partial. In the words of Aldous Huxley, the original sin is over-simplification.
This course, by contrast, explores the different levels at which our experience can be understood – and changed – and how these multiple levels can be integrated into a comprehensive philosophy of life.
Here’s the structure. Each session explores a way of understanding the self, and how we can transcend it.
Monday November 4, 7pm – 9.30pm
1) You are not just your thoughts
(Stoicism / CBT)
2) You are not just your emotions
(Buddhist equanimity / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Monday November 11, 7pm-9.30pm
3) You are not just your conscious rationality
(The automatic mind, Jung and the shadow)
4) You are not just your body
(William James and the embodied mind, somatic therapy and body-mindfulness)
Monday November 18, 7pm-9.30pm
5) You are not just your relationships
(Bowlby and attachment theory, inherited trauma and family dynamics, authentic relating)
6) You are not just your job
(Status anxiety and burn out, how to work with non-attachment)
Monday November 25, 7pm-9.30pm
7) You are not just your class, ethnicity, sexuality or gender
(The social determinants of well-being and the impact of discrimination)
8) You are not just your species
(Eco-psychology in the Anthropocene)
The course group will be limited to 12 spaces, to keep the group small and give people a chance to get to know each other. We will do lots of exercises and games to practice the new ideas we’re exploring.
The course will be in a studio in Montpellier, near the Arches.
The entire course costs £150, for four evenings. If you’re interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, saying your age, gender and ethnicity (so I can try and have an interesting mix in the group). Participants will be asked to fill in a well-being questionnaire before the course and afterwards, so I can evaluate what worked.
Jules Evans is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012), which was published in 20 countries and was a Times book of the year. Adrian Edmondson said ‘this book saved my life’. Jules is also the author of The Art of Losing Control (2017) and Holiday From the Self (2019). He is a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He was a BBC New Generation Thinker and a presenter on Radio 4’s History of Ideas series. He has been teaching philosophy and psychology to adult education organisations for over a decade, including the London Philosophy Club, which is the biggest philosophy club in the world.
You can watch Jules’ TEDX talk, ‘how philosophy can save your life’, here:
And this is his own website: