What is New Acropolis of Atlanta?
We are a school of philosophy which has been operating in the metro-Atlanta since 2004. We are a branch of a worldwide philosophical movement which center in hundreds of cities throughout the world.
What kind of philosophy?
Our school teaches and promotes philosophy as the best way to know how to live. Philosophy is "love of wisdom" and should (by its very nature) make life better?
Our school is focused on imparting effective wisdom-tools that come directly from the greatest teachers in human history such as Hypatia, Buddha, Plato, and the Stoics. Philosophy directly addresses the things that you care about, and a "philosophical life" can improve the quality of every aspect of our lives including our careers, relationships, family, health, and happiness.
Why "Philosophy" in 2019?
Our society values the ideals of individual choice and freedom. Yet, more and more, people are realizing that these values are elusive and may even be diminishing. The average person checks their phone 150 times a day. How much freedom is there is this?
We are inspired by the idea that individual choice, freedom, and the resulting happiness, is maximized by philosophical wisdom. We are also interested in a revindication of the word "philosophy" as "love of wisdom" which is the original meaning of the word.
How Does New Acropolis Promote and Teach Philosophical Wisdom?
We teach a ten-week course called Philosophy for Daily Living. This course is offered several times a year and is open to anyone interested. Topics include The Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, The Bhagavad Gita, Wisdom of Tibet, Life and Teachings of the Buddha, Plato's Myth of the Cavern, Plato's Republic, The Stoics, Plotinus, Immanuel Kant, The Mystery of Time.
David Hirschorn holds a Ph.D in Teaching and Learning from Georgia State Universities and other degrees from The University of Miami and Florida State University. He is the co-host of the Philosophy for Daily Living podcast on Apple I-tunes and teaches several courses in the New Acropolis philosophy program. David has spent much of his adult life studying ancient philosophy, symbolism, and history and traveling to numerous ancient sites around the world. He has presented hundreds of lectures since 1990 and has spoken at Florida International University, The Miami Museum of Science. Professionally, David is a middle choral director and co-author of the Georgia Performance Standards for Middle School Chorus. He has presented over ten professional conferences in the United States and at the International Society for Music Education in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Christine has a background in Urban Design and Community Development from Georgia State University and currently owns a small branding and design business in Atlanta. She is a E-RYT 200 Kripalu Yoga Instructor and has been working in wellness, yoga, and philanthropy for 7+ years. She has traveled to many ancient sites around the world and has volunteered with humanitarian and wildlife organizations in Cambodia and Borneo. In 2012 she joined New Acropolis by way of a good friend who invited her to a lecture on Karma and Dharma. Highly impressed with emphasis on human potential and wealth of ancient wisdom to be further discovered she became an active member of the Atlanta school. Christine now teaches the introductory course and is the coordinator for all New Acropolis Atlanta volunteer and outreach activities under Atlanta Acts of Kindness.
New Acropolis promotes the enduring value of philosophy as “love of wisdom,” a profound search for truth and meaning. Philosophy is about improving ourselves, and changing the world we live in by “being that change.” Every activity at New Acropolis embodies this philosophical spirit. These activities include courses, workshops, seminars, lectures, debates, annual celebration of World Philosophy Day, libraries, publication of books, magazines and research journals.
All of our activities aim to celebrate global cultural values, moving us towards respect, understanding and transformation. Specific cultural programs at New Acropolis include exhibitions, creative workshops, literary and music competitions, theatre groups, cultural tours, sports and martial arts, traditional festivals, fairs and conferences.
At New Acropolis, philosophy and volunteering go hand in hand. To volunteer is to express the best of oneself. We actively encourage people to become involved in one of our community projects which include park cleaning, food drives, environmental education, reforestation, campaigns for cultural understanding and unity, humanitarian aid, and disaster relief.
Our Three Principles
Guiding all of our work world wide!
To promote an Ideal of international fraternity, based on respect for human dignity, beyond racial, sexual, cultural, religious, social or other differences.
To encourage the love of wisdom through the comparative study of philosophies, religions, sciences and arts, in order to promote the knowledge of the human being, the laws of Nature and the Universe.
To develop the best of the human potential, by promoting the realization of the human being as an individual and his or her integration as an active and conscious part of society and nature, in order to improve the world.