Philosophical Research Society

Philosophical Research Society Founded in 1934 by Manly P. Hall, as a non-dogmatic institution, free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control, The Philosophical Research Society carries on indispensable public services, into the 21st century and beyond.
The Philosophical Research Society is a nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of providing thoughtful persons rare access to the depth and breadth of the world’s wisdom literature. The Society is entirely free from doctrinal, political, or ecclesiastical control and therefore provides a learning environment sheltered from any interest intending to coerce or convert.

Are you ready, seekers? The online insider's journey through Manly P. Hall's masterwork, The Seeker's Guide to The Secre...
06/19/2019

Are you ready, seekers? The online insider's journey through Manly P. Hall's masterwork, The Seeker's Guide to The Secret Teachings of All Ages, premieres Friday with Mitch Horowitz as your guide! Carpe diem, register here: http://bit.ly/2RnkjI9

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LAST WEEK TO REGISTER: This is the last week to register in our online class The Seeker's Guide to The Secret Teachings ...
06/18/2019
The Seekers' Guide to the Secret Teachings of All Ages

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER: This is the last week to register in our online class The Seeker's Guide to The Secret Teachings of All Ages with Mitch Horowitz. 12 weeks for $100! Can't miss this, Manly P. Hall fans. The class begins Friday 6/21 and you can take it at your own weekly schedule, with one new video per week and ongoing discussion board. Open to all seekers!

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A Twelve-Part Video Course with Mitch Horowitz In twelve lectures, this video course introduces, surveys, and expands on the core subjects of Manly P. Hall’s landmark compendium of esoteric and symbolic philosophy, The Secret Teachings of All Ages. In each 45-60 minute course, historian and author...

Oh the goddesses... May we call upon them in dealing with the whims and demands of the online world. Our transition from...
06/16/2019

Oh the goddesses... May we call upon them in dealing with the whims and demands of the online world. Our transition from uprs.edu to prs.org is almost complete, with Minerva’s blessing. Onward! 🌿

06/14/2019
Manly P. Hall's Esoteric Library

Thanks to one of our good friends, filmmaker Courtney Sell, for shedding some light on what makes PRS a special place.

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Thank you Courtney Sell

Announcing the debut of our PRS legacy course for ALL seekers, "The Seeker's Guide to The Secret Teachings of All Ages."...
06/11/2019

Announcing the debut of our PRS legacy course for ALL seekers, "The Seeker's Guide to The Secret Teachings of All Ages." A 12-week online course of discussion and video lectures on the Great Book by occult historian and author Mitch Horowitz, filmed in entirety in Manly P. Hall's library. The class is open to ALL, 12 weeks for $100, and launches June 21st on Summer Solstice. Register now at www.prs.org!

#manlyphall #thesecretteachingsofallages #mitchhorowitz

Join our friends at Atlas Obscura for their debut of the monthly Cinemyth Film Series here in the PRS auditorium! Helmed...
05/16/2019
Cinemyth Film Series: Dead Man and the Western Dream

Join our friends at Atlas Obscura for their debut of the monthly Cinemyth Film Series here in the PRS auditorium! Helmed by Devon Deimler, Ph.D., and launching with a fond staff favorite "Dead Man," this is a series you won't want to miss!

#philosophicalresearchsociety #atlasobscura #cinemythfilmseries #losfeliz #seeker

Venture into the not so black-and-white myths of Jim Jarmusch’s “Psychedelic Western”.

Thank you to everyone who attended the memorial for our President Emeritus Obadiah Harris, Ph.D. It was an occasion befi...
05/13/2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the memorial for our President Emeritus Obadiah Harris, Ph.D. It was an occasion befitting the truth, honor and beauty that he held dear. Thank you also to everyone near and far who shared their kind thoughts and prayers for him and for the people who loved him.

Yesterday was a reminder to spend your time wisely. Do what you love. Be authentic. Listen to your inner spirit. Kindness is absolutely not weakness. Carry a bit of Dr. Harris with you.

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Shh, it’s here... the new anthology of rare works by Manly P. Hall! You can get a copy here at the official book launch ...
04/24/2019

Shh, it’s here... the new anthology of rare works by Manly P. Hall! You can get a copy here at the official book launch and lecture Friday 5/10 at 7:30pm with curator Mitch Horowitz, or pre-order with your favorite retailer. Here’s to you, Manly.

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The Philosophical Research Society
04/11/2019
The Philosophical Research Society

The Philosophical Research Society

You asked, we listened. The President's Class is now online! Our popular 10-week series for the community by President Greg Salyer, Ph.D., is available each week for live-streaming, and now we're offering it as a course online to continue the conversation.

We're kicking off with this week's debut of "Between Madness and Reason: Understanding Love." You can register at the link below. As always, we welcome and appreciate donations to our Giving Portal on the website.

Cheers!

#love #onlineclass #philosophy #culture #literature #community #seeker

Join us this Saturday! Free admission.
04/03/2019
THE UNIFIED FIELD Artist Panel - Artillery Magazine

Join us this Saturday! Free admission.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Artists in the group exhibition “THE UNIFIED FIELD: Picking up the Signal” will be appearing on a panel to discuss their work, moderated by curator David Orr. The exhibition features the work of emerging and established artists, working in a wide arr...

Many of you have asked about plans to honor Dr. Harris. We invite you all to attend his memorial service to be held in o...
03/28/2019
Memorial Service for UPR President Emeritus Obadiah Harris, Ph.D.

Many of you have asked about plans to honor Dr. Harris. We invite you all to attend his memorial service to be held in our auditorium on May 12th, 11am-12:30pm. Please RSVP in the link below. Also, for those who cannot be there in person, we have provided a link on the invitation to stream the service.

Thank you all very much for your kindness.

The UPR/PRS staff

Please join us in honoring the life of our friend, mentor, and past president Obadiah Harris, Ph.D. (January 6, 1930 - March 20, 2019). President Greg Salyer, Ph.D. and Lecturer-in-Residence Mitch Horowitz will pay tribute to Dr. Harris, and others are welcome to share remembrances of him in this ce...

The news can get you down. Life events can get you down. But our community? Wow are we lucky. Our neighbors Jennifer and...
03/23/2019

The news can get you down. Life events can get you down. But our community? Wow are we lucky. Our neighbors Jennifer and Chelsea sent us this photo from the day that Dr. Harris passed. Read their note below and see if it doesn't restore your faith in humanity.

Friends, come stop by today to say hello at our casual gathering in celebration of the Spring Equinox. Bring a snack and a beverage to share with your fellow seekers. Music, ambience, and fellowship provided. 5-7pm.

"Hello, I'm next door and yesterday evening I took a photo of what looked like a rainbow coming out of your roof. We had called it Manly P. Hall's rainbow. Now I think it was Dr. Harris's rainbow!"

Rest in peace and power.
03/21/2019

Rest in peace and power.

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of our President Emeritus Obadiah Silas Harris, Ph.D. (January 6, 1930 - March 20, 2019). To us and to many, he was a friend, mentor, and leader. He was a good man, pure of heart and spirit. Please join us in sending kind thoughts his way and to his family. His is a legacy that will be cherished.

Dr. Harris, you will be missed. With love, your staff

03/18/2019
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Happy Birthday, Manly P. Hall. Enjoy this letter from P.R.S. in 1970, celebrating the golden jubilee of Manly Hall's career.

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Tonight! 7:30pm.
03/14/2019
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

Tonight! 7:30pm.

Thanks to JoBlo.com for plugging John Skipp’s Splatterpunk class at Miskatonic LA tomorrow! Skipp has an epic presentation prepped with over 250 slides, detailing the influences of Splatterpunk, its key figures and legacy - don’t miss out! Join us at University of Philosophical Research Thurs March 14 at 7:30pm! There is a parking lot and free street parking after 7, and it’s byob, so you can bring a beverage or two to enjoy while Skipp gives you a comprehensive illustrated history of one of horror’s most influential movements.

One day could change your life.
03/03/2019
THE MIRACLE CLUB Workshop

One day could change your life.

This event is part of a three-day speaking engagement with Mitch Horowitz. Tickets may be purchased for his 3/7 lecture and livestream "Unvanquished Angels: America's Not-So-Lost Occult Heroes," his 3/8 library event "Ask Mitch Horowitz with Tarot Reading," and his 3/8 lecture and livestream "Hermes...

The Philosophical Research Society
01/16/2019

The Philosophical Research Society

Tomorrow night, Twin Peaks Fans. Come hear our friend The Fireman, er, Carel Struycken, speak about the incredible artistic and sociological project of the photographer Edward Curtis and the legacy of Native Americans. Lecture begins at 7:30 Thursday night. There is a rumor that Lucy might put out some doughnuts.

Suggested $10 donation, at www.uprs.edu or at door. See you there!

#universityofphilosophicalresearch #philosophicalresearchsociety #carelstruycken #twinpeaks #edwardcurtis #nativeamerican #losangeles #seeker

The Philosophical Research Society
01/07/2019

The Philosophical Research Society

New President’s Class with Dr. Greg Salyer debuts this week! Join us Tuesday evenings at 7pm for this 10-week series on POWER. Here’s looking at you, 2019.

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The Philosophical Research Society
01/01/2019

The Philosophical Research Society

In Memoriam
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Happy New Year to you, our fellow dreamers and seekers.

The Philosophical Research Society
12/28/2018

The Philosophical Research Society

Winter Quarter begins January 7th!

Whether you're furthering your studies with us or interested in trying out a class for the first time, we welcome you to join us. Visit www.uprs.edu for course descriptions and online registration. Questions about taking a course for credit or audit? Contact [email protected]. Cheers!

B.A. Online Courses:

CUL 323: Stories That Tell Us Who We Are: Myth and Meaning for Today
PHI 302: Foundations of Greek Philosophy
PHI 325: Philosophy of Music

M.A. Online Courses:

PHI 501: The Wisdom of Classical Philosophy
PHI 521: The Metropolis: Sociopolitical Conditions of Contemporary Life
PSY 511: Alchemy and Psychotherapy
WRS 500: Graduate Writing and Research

UPR is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

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10/12/2018
David Orr; Artist

Mesmerizing!

"Out of Discord Comes the Most Beautiful Harmony" A mesmerizing, beautifully transcendant performance by Michael Carter and Kristin Palombo in the courtyard of the University of Philosophical Research.

Anyone who attended is now in the fabric of the work.

This performance, and the the result is part of the group exhibition "THE UNIFIED FIELD: PICKING UP THE SIGNAL" opening October 20th, at the Hansell Gallery/UPR

(definitely click for sound)

The Philosophical Research Society
10/02/2018

The Philosophical Research Society

Fall Quarter begins next week!
October 8th - December 16th.

Whether you're furthering your studies with us or interested in trying out a class for the first time, we welcome you to join us. Visit www.uprs.edu for course descriptions and enrollment. Questions about taking a course for credit or audit? Contact [email protected]. Cheers!

B.A. Online Courses:

CUL 305: Short Story Writing
CUL 333: Cinema of Transformation: Movies, Myth, and Meaning
REL 301: Religions of the World

M.A. Online Courses:

PHI 525: The Wisdom of the East in Popular Film
PSY 504: Relational Gestalt
PSY 514: Structure of the Psyche: Jungian Approaches
REL 511: Understanding the Bible

UPR is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

#universityofphilosophicalresearch #philosophy #psychology #religion #wisdomstudies #film #writing #cgjung #onlineclasses

The Philosophical Research Society
09/23/2018

The Philosophical Research Society

Such a wonderful, meaningful ceremony with Dr. Stephan Hoeller yesterday. Mind the spark, but also the flame. Thanks to all who came out for this momentous occasion. #universityofphilosophicalresearch #philosophicalresearchsociety #manlyphall #stephanhoeller #esotericwisdom #losfeliz

We are delighted to have our library and artist-in-residence David Orr; Artist celebrated in the Fall issue of Tricycle ...
08/06/2018
Spotlight On: David Orr

We are delighted to have our library and artist-in-residence David Orr; Artist celebrated in the Fall issue of Tricycle magazine. His stunning exhibition ILLUMINED is sure to resonate with their Buddhist readership. The gallery is open to the public Tuesdays 5-7pm, Fridays 10:30am-3:30pm, and by appointment. Cheers, David!

Tricycle takes a look at the work of David Orr, visual artist and creator of the abstract mandala series Illumined

There are a few tickets left for Saturday's ILLUMINED art talk and walk-through! Artist-in-Residence David Orr will take...
07/27/2018

There are a few tickets left for Saturday's ILLUMINED art talk and walk-through! Artist-in-Residence David Orr will take you through the sacred texts in the library and then lead you through the exhibit in the Hansell Gallery. Light refreshments served. Saturday 7/28, 4-5pm (check-in begins at 3:30 in the bookstore). Tickets at www.uprs.edu.

#universityofphilosophicalresearch #philosophicalresearchsociety #hansellgallery #manlyphall #losangeles #losfeliz

Recombination of "Mohammad Ascending into Heaven"

Edition photographed: Persian illuminated manuscript fragment, 1636, from the University of Philosophical Research Library collection.

This panel, depicting Muhammad’s ascension, was recombined to refer to the sacred geometry of mosques. The multiple employed refers to the thirty-two obligatory actions (fardh) in Islam. As is traditional, Muhammad is veiled in the source illustration. In this configuration he is further obscured by the curve of the paper, emphasizing the gilt-inked cloud of flame upon which he rides, and the blue field of the cosmos through which he travels.

One of the great pleasures of working here is bearing witness to the sacred texts uncovered by our librarian Cathy Willi...
07/26/2018
The Philosophical Research Society

One of the great pleasures of working here is bearing witness to the sacred texts uncovered by our librarian Cathy Willis. Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in for some revelatory beauty of this installment of Spotlight on Special Collections, starring an 1808 edition of Robert Blair's "The Grave" featuring the stunning artwork of William Blake.

#universityofphilosophicalresearch #philosophicalresearchsociety #manlyphall #williamblake #robertblair #louisschiavonetti #thegrave #rarebooks #libraryblog

One of the great pleasures of working here is bearing witness to the sacred texts uncovered by our librarian Cathy Willis. Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in for some revelatory beauty of this installment of Spotlight on Special Collections, starring an 1808 edition of Robert Blair's "The Grave" featuring the stunning artwork of William Blake.

#universityofphilosophicalresearch #philosophicalresearchsociety #manlyphall #williamblake #robertblair #louisschiavonetti #thegrave #rarebooks #libraryblog

The Philosophical Research Society
07/07/2018

The Philosophical Research Society

What are your summer plans? Make sure they include something out of the ordinary.

Did you know you can audit an online class with us for $100? Summer quarter starts next week, so what are you waiting for?

Check out www.uprs.edu to learn more about The Meanings of America, Suffering, The Art of Dying, The Human and the Divine: A Comparative Anthropology, Creativity and Healing: Expressive Arts Therapy, Spiritual Psychology, Buddhist Psychology and Methods of Healing, and Contemporary Tibetan Buddhism.

#carpediem #getwoke #seekers

David Orr; Artist
06/23/2018

David Orr; Artist

Recombination of “Nemrod”

Handwritten manuscript by Éliphas Lévi, 1830, from the University of Philosophical Research Library's special collection.

“How mighty are the shadows of Nimrod, of Belus, of Semiramis! What can surpass these almost fabulous cities, where mighty royalties were enthroned...”
— Éliphas Lévi (The History of Magic)

The Philosophical Research Society
06/12/2018

The Philosophical Research Society

Tuesday night! Join us for the final session of this quarter's President's Class, 7-8:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. RSVP link in comments.
"Stages Along Life's Way: From Postmodern to Posthuman — The Present and Future of Us"

It seems fitting to end a series about the stages along life’s way with a reflection upon where we are now and how we see ourselves in 2018 and beyond. If these theories of human development seem quaint and/or problematic, that may be because we approach them from a “hermeneutics of suspicion,” Paul Ricoeur’s term for our cynicism when it comes to discourse, especially discourse about ourselves. We are postmodern. That is, we live after the modern era of introspection and repression of history, and in the era of spectacle and irony. What does that mean for our souls, ourselves, the social constructs that we call us? Join us for a discussion about who we are today, how we became that, and who we might become tomorrow.

#universityofphilosophicalresearch #philosophicalresearchsociety #psychology #wisdom #philosophy #postmodern #humandevelopment #seeker #losangeles #losfeliz #examinedlife

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