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Phoenix Rising Academy Course Catalogue 2011 (ENGLISH)

Phoenix Rising Academy Course Catalogue 2011 (ENGLISH)

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“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.” - Plato “ e principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers” -Jean Piaget -

Phoenix Rising Academy is an independent academic initiative, which considers itself to be the spiritual child of the Platonic Academy of antiquity. Traditional academia upholds the ideal of non-participatory, objective observation from the perspective of a post-Enlightenment rationalist discourse. In our view, such a discourse cannot do justice to the study of the human experience of the sacred, in its myriad forms and contexts, which requires self-reflection and creativity.

We hold that education should not be reduced to utilitarian skills training, the simple acquisition of factual knowledge, and commercialised certification, but that it should address all of the intellectual faculties, aiming to stimulate the mind, stir the imagination and nourish the heart, reaching both outwards to the teaching and writing of others and inwards to the depths of the individual soul.

We seek as much to share knowledge as to impart awareness, understanding and experience of the human condition, the dynamics of culture, and the power of the imagination, so as to permanently enrich lives, and counter cynicism, uncertainty, and the consumerist mentality around us, in a way which conventional education can never do.

Therefore, our courses are designed with a specific model of symbolic perception in mind, paying close attention to the intepretation of history, and we encourage an approach which is rooted in documentary evidence at all times, while respecting the particularities of the historical backdrop against which a given current came to light and subsequently developed, so as to gain a clear overview of the interrelationships between the factors that have exerted major influences on our culture.
“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.” - Plato “ e principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers” -Jean Piaget -

Phoenix Rising Academy is an independent academic initiative, which considers itself to be the spiritual child of the Platonic Academy of antiquity. Traditional academia upholds the ideal of non-participatory, objective observation from the perspective of a post-Enlightenment rationalist discourse. In our view, such a discourse cannot do justice to the study of the human experience of the sacred, in its myriad forms and contexts, which requires self-reflection and creativity.

We hold that education should not be reduced to utilitarian skills training, the simple acquisition of factual knowledge, and commercialised certification, but that it should address all of the intellectual faculties, aiming to stimulate the mind, stir the imagination and nourish the heart, reaching both outwards to the teaching and writing of others and inwards to the depths of the individual soul.

We seek as much to share knowledge as to impart awareness, understanding and experience of the human condition, the dynamics of culture, and the power of the imagination, so as to permanently enrich lives, and counter cynicism, uncertainty, and the consumerist mentality around us, in a way which conventional education can never do.

Therefore, our courses are designed with a specific model of symbolic perception in mind, paying close attention to the intepretation of history, and we encourage an approach which is rooted in documentary evidence at all times, while respecting the particularities of the historical backdrop against which a given current came to light and subsequently developed, so as to gain a clear overview of the interrelationships between the factors that have exerted major influences on our culture.

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Phoenix Rising Academy is an independent academic initiative, which considers itself to be thespiritual child of the Platonic Academy of antiquity. Traditional academia upholds the ideal of non-participatory, objective observation from the perspective of a post-Enlightenment rationalistdiscourse. In our view, such a discourse cannot do justice to the study of the human experience of the sacred, in its myriad forms and contexts, which requires self-reection and creativity.We hold that education should not be reduced to utilitarian skills training, the simple acquisition of factual knowledge, and commercialised certication, but that it should address all of the intellectualfaculties, aiming to stimulate the mind, stir the imagination and nourish the heart, reaching bothoutwards to the teaching and writing of others and inwards to the depths of the individual soul.We seek as much to share knowledge as to impart awareness, understanding and experience of the human condition, the dynamics of culture, and the power of the imagination, so as topermanently enrich lives, and counter cynicism, uncertainty, and the consumerist mentalityaround us, in a way which conventional education can never do.Phoenix Rising Academy aims to provide a exible, holistic, and accessible approach to the study of topics in Western Esotericism and the Liberal Arts, making them available to all interestedparties, wherever in the world they may be, and whatever their level of background knowledgeof these topics.We are utterly committed to upholding the highest academic standards, while allowing space fora number of perspectives for which there is little space in existing academic fora for the study oWestern Esotericism, including a closer exploration of the experiential dimensions of WesternEsotericism, both as revealed through our objects of study, as well as those ways in which we mayperceive them subjectively, as students of living traditions. Several courses in our Creative Artscurriculum deliberately bridge these two aspects of study through creative, yet entirely academicapproaches.Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics within the Western Esoteric corpus, extending intoPhilosophy and the Arts, in an eort to create a truly cross-disciplinary curriculum. It is our sincerehope that anyone who has ever wondered about the deeper fabric of our culture; the seminalquestions regarding the human condition, and who truly wishes to discover “what lies beyond theshadows of Plato's cave,”will nd those answers which lead to new, stimulating, and potentiallylife-changing questions, here at Phoenix Rising.We invite you to join us on this neverending journey of discovery.With warmest wishes,Sasha Chaitow
MA W.Esot., MA Eng. Lit., PhD(c)Academy Director
“e principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - menwho are creative, inventive and discoverers” -Jean Piaget -
“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely,I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.” - Plato -
What is at issue is the conversion of the mind from the twilight of error to the truth, that climb up into the real world which we shall call true philosophy.- Plato -
Since philosophy is the art which teaches us how to live, and since children need to learn it as much as we do at other ages, why do we not instruct them in it? - Michel de Montaigne -
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Contents
9. Curriculum11.Esoteric Studies12.Introductory Courses25.Advanced Courses41.Creative Arts45.Introductory Courses53.Advanced Courses61.How to Apply 63.Faculty 

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