In 1934 Manly P. Hall set out to create an organization dedicated to investigating the essential teachings of the world’s greatest scientific, spiritual, and cultural leaders with the aim of developing an educational arm that would make these vital concepts available to the public. Hall’s ideal curriculum blended the values of philosophy, religion, and psychology with the end goal of advancing the strength and dignity of individuals and society.
Today, as a modern wisdom academy, the University of Philosophical Research carries on that legacy with graduate degree programs focused on the knowledge of the world’s great wisdom traditions and emerging insights in human consciousness and transformation.
The wisdom approach holds that the aim of education is the study of these inner realities of experience, leading to the perennial fount of self-knowledge and world knowledge. A deeper understanding of the self in the context of a pluralistic view of society and spirituality promotes a deeper understanding of others and a truly all-inclusive world view.
The ancient wisdom traditions teach the perennial philosophy that the visible world is a representation of higher, non-material principles. These principles are based in the law of unity and proceed towards an emergent manifestation of ideas expressing truth and harmony.
A deeper understanding of the self in the context of a pluralistic view of society and its experiences promotes a deeper understanding of others and an all-inclusive world view. The wisdom approach holds that the aim of education is the study of these inner possibilities and realities of experience, leading to the perennial fount of self-knowledge and universal understanding.
These principles are encapsulated by the philosophers below:
- Lao-tzu (6th Century BC)
-Sri Aurobindo 1872–1950
Manly P. Hall 1901–1990