Announcements

A Letter From the Dean

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From the President:

I would like to welcome and introduce you to a new professor and administrator at our university.  He is Dr. Greg Salyer who will also serve as Dean of Students. He comes to us with a Ph.D. in Literature and Religious Studies from Emory University. His experience includes many years working in higher education administration – most recently Dr. Salyer developed an undergraduate program at Boston University. He is totally at home at UPR where integral philosophy and wisdom literature are emphasized with all programs. He is comfortable with online coursework as he has a decade of teaching experience using this format.

We are delighted to have Dr. Salyer with us. You will enjoy him too.

Obadiah Harris, Ph.D.

President

University of Philosophical Research

 

Greg_SalyerDear Students, Friends, and Faculty at the University of Philosophical Research,

I tend to interpret my life in terms of literature, especially mythology. When I think of my professional journeys, I always think of Odysseus, Homer’s reluctant hero who travels far and experiences much. It’s been a fascinating journey with not a few gods and monsters along the way. I’m pleased to add the University of Philosophical Research to this trek, where it feels as if I have come home.

My journey has included numerous teaching and administrative positions from small liberal arts colleges to major research universities. I have written and presented on a variety of topics in literature, philosophy, and religion. My first online course was in 2000, and I have taught online in one form or another since then. It is a fascinating time in higher education, and I look forward to being a part of UPR and its contributions to new and vital ways of learning wisdom.

And I look forward to learning from and with you. Already, I have seen that the UPRS community is unique. Competencies and credentialing are important, and we certainly celebrate both. More important than those, however, is wisdom, which is your goal (and mine). Wisdom is the story behind every story, the presence behind every argument, and the alpha and omega of life itself. I congratulate you on choosing to seek wisdom and to do so along this unique and communal path that is the University of Philosophical Research. It is my great pleasure to join you.

 

Greg Salyer, Ph.D.

Dean of Students

The University of Philosophical Research

 

 

Fall Quarter Begins

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Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. -Buddha

With the first half of the year complete, we now begin to evaluate all that we’ve accomplished thus far and what is yet to come. Maybe our goals have shifted and we are reevaluating just how to approach this life, or maybe we are now just remembering our true calling and are ready to take it all on. Whatever the case, here at UPR we believe that now is the time to move forward and evolve into the very best we can be. Every book, every teacher, every experience is an opportunity for transformation and conscious expansion. The interconnectivity and wisdom that students are immersed in while studying at UPR is truly one-of-a-kind. As artists and musicians, scientists and psychologists, our students are inspired and guided by their studies here at UPR to be the best they can be, to create a better world for all of us.

If you have been thinking of enrolling in one of our programs, now is the time to begin the application process. Our offices are open Monday-Friday at 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

 

Here’s what we’re offering this upcoming fall quarter:

M.A. courses:

PHI 503 – The Birth of Consciousness in Early Greek Thought
PHI 513 – Mind in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Consciousness
PHI 514 – Determinism, Reductionism and Final Causes in Physics
REL 522 – Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita
PSY 503 – Self Regulation: Foundation of Human Potential
PSY 504 – Introduction to Relational Gestalt
PSY 512 – Mythic Stories in Depth Psychology
PSY 515 – Tarot and Transformation

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: graduate-academics

 

Summer Quarter Begins July 25th

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.” ―  Edna St. Vincent Millay

The excitement of summer has already started to move through Los Angeles. The days are longer, the nights warmer, and the full blossom of spring has since come and gone. The purple jacarandas are now dropping their flowers throughout the streets and people are heading for the ocean. What a beautiful time to be alive, to celebrate and cultivate all that makes us who we are, in the best way possible.

We have made huge strides in the digitization and preservation of our library catalogs and after so much patient labor, we are pleased to announce public visiting hours once again at the following link.  We are proud to welcome two of our newest professors, Dr. Greg Salyer and Dr. Joseph Conti, who will be administering some of our most popular courses this upcoming quarter. We also want to welcome all of the newest additions to our student body coming in from around the globe and wish everyone a bright, beautiful and prosperous summer season.

If you have been thinking of enrolling in one of our programs, now is the time to begin the application process. Our offices are open Monday-Friday at 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

Here’s what we’re offering this upcoming summer quarter:

Spring Quarter Begins April 25th

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 

―Rainer Maria Rilke

As this new year rumbles along, we see Spring not too far ahead. With its abundant light and green verdant fields, we can sense it is a time for rebirth, renewal and positive change. What time better than now to add to your repertoire of knowledge? To enliven the fields of your spirit, within which the seeds of your dreams and life goals have been sown?

During this most beautiful time, we wish to offer you a new quarter full of inspiring and enriching courses. 

Here’s what we’re offering:


UPR’s Spring enrollment deadline is Monday, April 11th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin on April 25th. If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

Winter Quarter Begins January 25th

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer…. ~Albert Camus

  
With the days getting shorter and the nights colder, we are all beginning to feel winter creeping in. As we begin to wrap up 2015 we also begin to plan for the year to come. What new wisdom might it have in store for us? Where could such knowledge lead us? During this potent time, UPR wishes to invite you to join us this Winter Quarter on a one-of-a-kind educational journey.
 
This upcoming quarter we will be offering access to lectures for one of our undergraduate courses: REL 241 – Introduction to Indic Wisdom Literature on a non-credit basis free of cost. For more information on our undergraduate program and additional enrollment options, please visit the following link.
 
UPR's Winter Enrollment Deadline is Monday, January 11th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin on January 25th. If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

 


Here's what we're offering:

B.A. Courses

PHI 202 – Foundations of Greek Philosophy 
PSY 202 – Attention Mechanics
CUL 251 – The Transcendent in Science Fiction
REL 241 – Introduction to Indic Wisdom Literature*

*Offered this upcoming quarter on a non-credit basis free of cost. 

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: /undergraduate-academics/

Fall Quarter Invitation

 

No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace / As I have seen in one Autumnal face…. ~John Donne, "Elegy IX: The Autumnal"

  
With Fall right around the corner, colors begin to change and this Summer's excitement ripens to reveal the cool calmness of Autumn. UPR wishes to invite all seekers, scholars and learners to join us this Fall quarter in a one-of-a-kind educational journey.
 
This Fall quarter we will be offering access to lectures for one of our undergraduate courses: PSY 201 – Self-Regulation and Human Potential on a non-credit basis free of cost. For more information on our undergraduate program and additional enrollment options, please visit the following link.
 
Don't miss Jonathan Young and Anne Bach's upcoming workshop and webinar, The Inner life of the Holidays (click here for more information) on September 12th, or a reading with Dr. Obadiah Harris on October 3rd in our bookstore from his newest book, The Simple Life, published and released by Tarcher Penguin this September. Click here to purchase a copy now on Amazon. Make sure to join our mailing list at the bottom of this page to stay updated on an exciting new series of events we plan to offer this upcoming quarter.
 
UPR's Fall enrollment deadline is Monday, October 12th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin on October 26th. If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hours at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

 


Here's what we're offering:

B.A. Courses

PHI 201 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 251 – Introduction to Modern Western Esotericism
PSY 201 – Self Regulation and Human Potential*
CUL 206 – The Art of the Essay
REL 201 – Introduction to Religions of the World
 

*Offered this upcoming quarter on a non-credit basis free of cost. 

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: /undergraduate-academics/

Summer Quarter Invitation

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. – Wallace Stevens

This Summer at UPR is looking to be an exciting one. We will be offering our community a new lecture series on The Art of Buddhism through September and an all day Workshop and Webinar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach. We are also pleased to announce our newest graduate course, PHI 531 - The Hermetic Tradition, taught by professor Richard Geldard, M.A. Consciousness Studies faculty and UPR’s undergraduate Dean of Academics.
This upcoming quarter we will be offering access to lectures for two of our undergraduate courses: PHI 203 – The Examined Life and REL 202 – Stages of Spiritual Growth on a non-credit basis free of cost. For more information on our undergraduate program and additional enrollment options, visit the following link.

UPR’s Summer enrollment deadline is Monday, July 13th, two weeks before the quarter is scheduled to begin (July 27th). If you have been thinking of enrolling into any of our programs or taking single courses, now is the time to contact us for more information and to begin your application process. Our offices are open M-F 10am-4pm Pacific time. Give us a call during these hourse at 323.663.2167 or email us at info@uprs.edu and a university representative will be happy to assist you.

Here’s what we’re offering:

M.A. courses:

PHI 531 – The Hermetic Tradition
REL 511 – Understanding the Bible
REL 512 – The Wisdom of Islam
REL 523 – Buddhism in the Modern World
PSY 521 – Spiritual Psychology
PSY 523 – Buddhist Psychology & Methods of Healing
PSY 524 – The Yoga of Integral Transformation

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: http://www.uprs.edu/graduate-academics/

B.A. Courses

PHI 203 – The Examined Life*
PSY 222 – The I Ching: Archetypes of Transformation
CUL 251 – The Transcendent in Science Fiction
REL 202 – Stages of Spiritual Growth*
REL 203 – The Human & The Divine: A Comparative Anthropology

*Offered this upcoming quarter on a non-credit basis for a limited time free of cost. 

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: http://www.uprs.edu/undergraduate-academics/

Professor Raymond Moody Returns for Upcoming Winter Quarter

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UPR welcomes back professor Raymond Moody, who coined the term “near death experiences” and will be teaching two courses this upcoming Winter quarter, along with his assistant and collaborator Lisa Smartt.

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PSY 432 – Near Death Experiences and Paranormal Phenomena

This course is an overview of extraordinary experiences related to death and dying. In connection, lectures bring to light critical weaknesses in the three traditional perspectives on the paranormal—parapsychology, “skeptical” scientism, and fundamentalist demonology—and propose a new theory of paranormal phenomena, rooted in ancient practices for facilitating the common experience of seeing spirits of deceased loved ones. The course will close with a prospectus for exciting future research that portends to shed light on the most fascinating enigma of all—the mystery of life after death. 

 

 

PHI202_coverPHI 202 – Foundations of Greek Philosophy

During a period of only two hundred and eighty years (600 to 320 BCE), a handful of Greek thinkers set the agenda for the Western intellectual and academic tradition that has followed. In that relatively short time, they formulated the basic concepts of grammar, truth and falsehood, material substance and force. They founded the university system that persists today and devised the first code of logic. They propounded a theory of evolution and the atomic theory of matter. But the early Greek philosophers did not separate the search for knowledge from the spiritual quest. This course sets ancient philosophy against its spiritual and paranormal background: oracular prophecies, out-of-body experiences, shamanic journeys into the other world, and evocation of the spirits of the deceased.

 

 

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Raymond A. Moody, Jr, M.D., Ph.D. | M.D., Medical College of Georgia, Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Virginia, specializing in logic, philosophy of language, and Ancient Greek philosophy. Author of Life After Life and other books about near-death experiences, alternate states of consciousness and paranormal phenomena. Dr. Moody was resident in psychiatry at University of Virginia Medical Center and has served as a professor of philosophy and psychology at various universities.

 

Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being

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Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being: A Review by UPR Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Richard Geldard

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Some time ago now I was presented with a copy of this book , written by C. Robert Cloninger, M.D. I put it aside because I was both writing and teaching and had little time for reading. Also, I had to admit, the title “Feeling Good” was initially off-putting, even when followed by its much sturdier subtitle. And I suppose, also, I was feeling pretty good at the time. Then, as the sacred texts have it, it came to pass that I met the author, who was without question a person deeply endowed with wisdom and the kind of knowledge that was and is important to me. Our interaction over time as he visited family in our area took me back to the book, and I began reading in earnest.

Dr. Cloninger is a psychiatrist and geneticist noted for his research on the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual foundation of both mental health and illness. He holds the Wallace Renard Professorship of Psychiatry, is professor of psychology and genetics, and serves as director of the Sansone Family Center for Well-Being at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to these impressive responsibilities, he is a student of self-aware consciousness, a field of study close to many at UPR and related institutions.

The book is a revealing account of Dr. Cloninger’s research into the treatment of mental disorders and his discovery that the traditional world of medical and psychological knowledge and research was inadequate to his desire to help both disturbed individuals but also to inform those regarded as well adjusted. As a result, his studies and readings in philosophy and consciousness research revealed a clear sense that there existed three distinct stages of self-aware consciousness which are key to true and lasting well-being.

 For example, as the author tells us in philosophy these three stages can be described by Hegel:

 The first stage is “immediate sensuous consciousness,” which is the determination of the physical and intuitive senses in the here-and-now, as is typical of ordinary states of self-centered thinking in people after the age of 4 years. The second stage is “consciousness of the reflected object,” which is an abstraction from time and place, as is typical of meditation and some mature idealistic states of dualistic thinking. The third stage is “consciousness of the object as that which is within itself, as living being or spiritual essence,” which is characteristic of contemplation and non-dualistic thinking. Such spiritual consciousness includes time and place without being limited to what is immediately present.

 For most adults who have explored questions of being and existence, stage two is a recognizable state, whereas stage three is normally achieved only through grace, disciplined spiritual work or initiatory experience. In this stage, insight into questions of who we are, what is the truth of being and how we achieve a genuine experience of wellbeing brings with it what Cloninger describes as illumination:

 In illumination, the subconscious [psyche or soul] is seen to be the presence (i.e., living being) of the individual, which exists inseparably within the universal unity of being. Therefore, only those who have experienced illumination would describe the gate to the subconscious as the Gate of God. The gate of the subconscious is recognized as the gate of the presence of living being in the third stage of self-aware consciousness.

From this point in this remarkable text, Cloninger fills out the experience described above by using as a reference the American Transcendentalists, or the Emerson Circle in the 1830s through the 1850s in Massachusetts and especially Concord. He goes there in order to learn and then teach us how to measure the extent and quality of their personal experience and how that translates to an elevated well-being among a group, a few of whom had reached the third stage of self-aware consciousness.

 The form of his investigation is unique in that he chooses what he calls a matrix of Conflicts in Human Thought (or Dualistic Consciousness). These planes, as he calls them, are as follows: Sexuality, Intention, Emotion, Intellect, and Spirit. What then takes place is an examination of these aspects or planes as a way to find clarity and to make advances in well-being.

In addition to form, the method of investigation is measurement, a numbering system from one through seven found within mind and body through meditation and sensory impression. One has to read the book in order to apply this method to the planes of consciousness experience.

This a book is for the serious student and seeker. It is encyclopedic in scope and yet also thoughtful and caring in expression and content. Personally, I will be keeping it close at hand as a reference as well as an encouragement.

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Professor Richard G. Geldard

UPR Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Dramatic Literature and Classics, Stanford University. Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Yeshiva University, Doctoral Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Author of ten books on Early Greek philosophy and the thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson (see www.rgbooks.com)

Winter Quarter Invitation

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As 2014 comes to an end, we’re getting ready for our Winter quarter, which runs from January 26 – April 5, 2015. If you have been thinking of enrolling for any of our programs or taking single courses for the Bachelor’s completion, now is the time to apply. Application details may be found at the following link.
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If you’re interested in taking a single course at the BA level, check out our new options by clicking here. The application deadline is January 5th, 2015, but if you call before that, we may be able to extend that date for you. We have an exciting set of courses this quarter in both of our graduate programs and our newly opened BA completion program in Liberal Studies.
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Here’s what we’re offering:

Clicking in any of these will take you to the course page with a sample video. Further detail on the courses and faculty can be found at: http://www.uprs.edu/graduate-academics/
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More about these courses can be found here: 
http://www.uprs.edu/undergraduate-academics/undergraduate-courses/
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To view or download the undergraduate catalog, click here.
To view the graduate catalog, click here.
Our Admissions Staff is in the office Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (PDT) and happy to answer any questions you might have.

 

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