In Search of Truth: The Story of the School of Economic Science

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Shepheard-Walwyn, 2010 - Business & Economics - 335 pages
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In Search of Truth presents a comprehensive story of the evolution of the School of Economic Science, now in its eighth decade. Brian Hodginkson brings his historian’s skills and philosophic insight to bear in telling it in fascinating detail.The School was founded during the Depression years of the 1930s by Leon MacLaren, son of Labour MP Andrew MacLaren. The School had its roots in the economic theories of Henry George, which the Liberal Party sought to implement before the First World War, and the Labour Party in 1931.From there the School developed and took a new turn in the 1950s, following the discovery of the teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. The School’s main focus became philosophy, reinforced by the introduction of meditation through the Maharishi, later guru to the Beatles. Further evolution came in 1965 when Leon MacLaren met the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Sri Shantananda Saraswati, whose spiritual advice is expounded in a series of chapters interspersed through the book.Under the guidance of the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta the School continued to expand its range of activities, including art, Sanskrit, music and Renaissance studies. It founded an independent school for children which, along with the School itself, has affiliated branches around the world. The School met with criticisms and controversy along the way, and the author deals with these episodes openly.In Search of Truth helps explain why hundreds of thousands have attended courses at the School of Economic Science in the UK and around the world, and why they hold it in such high regard.

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Contents

School House at Buenos Aires
27
Group meeting in New York
28
Economics Forum in South Africa
29
Openair class at St James School in Trinidad
30
Music at John Scotus School in Dublin
31
Roger Pincham
32
Graham Skelcey
33
Meeting the Fourth
34
Abhinaya in the gardens at Nanpantan
142
A performance in the theatre at Waterperry
142
Donald Lambie with student 42 Sunrise at Waterperry 43 Donald Lambie portrait by Charles Hardaker
142
Holding to the Truth
154
And the Word was
165
Conducting the Band
172
The Ficino Letters
181
The Brahman Exists The World is Illusion
192

Gardens at Sarum Chase
35
School House in Leeds
36
Nanpantan Hall in the winter
37
School House in Wellington New Zealand
38
School Headquarters 11 Mandcville Place London
39
The Emergence of Philosophy
42
The Pearl of Great Price
48
Meditation
59
Know Thyself
66
A Decade of Expansion
81
The First Conversations
87
The Measure of All Things
103
The Art of Philosophy
116
The Right Promethean Fire
127
How May a Nation Change its Mind?
137
Ouspensky
142
The New Schools
202
Global Expansion
219
From Untruth to Truth
236
The Years of Crisis
244
Liberal Studies
256
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From Metaphysics to Medicine
279
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How Can Freedom be Availed?
288
Changes of Leadership
299
Wisdom in Practice
313
The Open IIonzon
319
SJort Gossag of Sanskrit Terms
327
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About the author (2010)

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Brian Hodgkinson is a former chartered accountant in the city of London. He is the founding editor of the economics journal British Economy and the author of The Advancement of Civilization in the Western World, The Essence of Vedanta, and A New Model of the Economy. He has been a member of the School of Economic Science for more than 45 years.

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