Philosophy is a practical activity about deciding how to live the best life. This course, drawing on movies and popular culture in modern and post-modern times, will show how philosophers are good to think with.

Philosophy teaches us to examine ourselves and our relationships with others and the world. Philosophy is about how to live life. It enables us to make rational choices and solve problems by becoming aware freeing ourselves from opinions and habits.

We will consider such issues as: What is happiness? Can we be certain about being in love? Identity: who are we and what are becoming as humans. Do we have free will and does it matter? The basis of morality. Sources of justice and inequality. The nature of death and, of course, the meaning of life.


Pre-Requisite Knowledge



Reading and discussing

Number of Places


Length of Course

5 Half-Day Sessions
July 8 th , July 15 th , July 22 nd
July 29 th & August 5 th


At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Reflect, reason and think critically about life.
  • Learn from diverse ancient and modern philosophical traditions about the meaning of being alive, enlightenment, truth, courage and freedom from enslaving opinions, customs and habits.


  • University students,
  • Lawyers,
  • Members of NGO’s
  • General public


  • April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th
  • May 6th, May 13th



9 am – 1 pm Refreshments included.


DAY 1: July 8, 2017

8:30 a.m


9:00 a.m.

Session 1: What is philosophy?

Philosophy is not centrally about logic and abstract thinking but rather is about imagination and curiosity: why are things the way they are? Crucially it is an activity and way of life in relations to solving problems in different and changing cultures and societies. Typical topics and problems will be explored showing it is asking the right question that is all important

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m

Session 2:
Topic: What is philosophy?
The Greek Miracle and the figure of Socrates.

12:15 p.m.

End of Session

DAY 2: July 15, 2017

09: 00 a.m

 Session 3

Topic: What is happiness?
Should we always be happy and aim to enjoy life?

10: 45 a.m.

Session 4

Topic: What is love?
Can we be certain about being in love? The basis of morality. Sources of justice and inequality.

DAY 3: July 22, 2017

09: 00 a.m

Session 5
Topic: Identity (Part 1)
Who are we and what are becoming as humans? What does it mean to be a human when science and technology are changing nature?

10: 45 a.m.

Session 6
Topic: Identity (Part 2)
Are we special in Nature and the cosmos? Are our personal identities born or made? What if our identities are illusions? Do our memories and experiences really belong to us?

DAY 4: July 29, 2017

09:00 a.m.

Session 7 & 8
Topic: Europe’s Dream or Nightmare to come.

Enlightenment humanism, autonomy, secularism, truth and universalism.

12:15 p.m.


DAY 5: August 5, 2017

09: 00 a.m

Session 9
Topic: Civilization and its Discontents.
The price paid for illusions of being civilized humans with morality and meaningful lives. Freud meets Nietzsche

10: 45 a.m.

Session 10
Topic: The nature of death and the meaning of life.

Learning how to die. Being a living zombie. Fear eats the soul. Does suffering have any meaning and purpose? What does not kill me makes me stronger? Dare to know and have the courage to tell and live the truth.


RM 750 per person
(RM 150 per day)


ELM Graduate School, Building, 15 Jalan Sri Semantan 1, Off Jalan Semantan, Bukit Damansara

For more information about the program, please write to Dr. Rackett:

To sign up for the program, please complete the registration form and return it to Ms. Kimberly Leong at the Center for Workplace Performance and Learning.


Telephone: 03-27112000 (ext .1129)

Trainer Profile

Dr Tim Rackett studied philosophy at the University of Essex and his doctorate at Birkbeck College University of London. His specialisms are Foucault, Freud, Nietzsche, late Wittgenstein, Quine, Hacking, political philosophy and philosophy of science. He taught philosophy in Thailand for 13 years and has lived in Southeast Asia for 20 years.