Heliopolis Youth Culture
In view of HYC’s purpose, which is not inculcation but culture, we have chosen rather than lecturing in the traditional classroom fashion, to follow the sequence of the famous novel about philosophy by Jostein Gaardner called Sophie’s World (translated to 59 languages with over forty million print copies sold). In the weekly meetings the instructor will open a dialogue to discuss the main philosophical ideas in the chapter or chapters assigned during the previous week and he/she will have the opportunity to expand on some of them. In this way learning the world’s philosophies, starting with Greek and up to Modern times, becomes more pleasure than chore.Language: English Age: 15+
For the evolving older members, will be based on the course, “the founder”, lectured to the high school seniors of Misr Language School (in Cairo) through the years 2003 to 2006.Language: English
Instructor’s handy notes
On the other hand, while discussing the philosophies of Descartes or Kant, and Materialism and Nihilism, the instructor would be in a position to put questions that can open the attendees’ eyes to the direction in which those philosophies led western culture, namely the cancerous Materialism we experience today.
The members will have access to sharing free copies of the novel in English, made available by the Program. Or, alternatively, they can purchase their own copies directly from Amazon in English or Greek.
If the philosophical enquiry, along with the open ended questions have evoked the will/need to know more, then the program has achieved its goal and is worth fine tuning for a second term.