Basic Philosophy

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Basic Philosophy to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

We all philosophise whenever we attempt to handle abstract ideas, and it matters considerably whether we do it well or badly.  The object of this course is to introduce you to the activity of philosophizing, and to dispel the myth that philosophy is a remote and abstruse subject which can only profitably be studied by the brilliant few.


  • Lesson One
    • A Philosophical Outlook
      • What is Philosophy?
      • History
      • Modern Philosophy
      • Philosophising
  • Lesson Two
    • Dealing with Language
      • ‘Bewitchment’
  • Lesson Three
    • Regarding Concepts
      • Loyalty
  • Lesson Four
    • Asking the Right Questions
      • The ‘Wrong’ Questions
      • Erroneous Assumptions
  • Lesson Five
    • Appearance and Reality
      • Knowledge
  • Lesson Six
    • Determinism and Free Will

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.