Practical Philosophy North West is a branch of the School of Economic Science that was founded in London in 1937 by Leon MacLaren. The central subject of the early studies in the School was economic science. However, as these studies continued they led to fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of human society, the role of human beings, and the nature of creation. Nowadays the School is a registered educational charity, and the tutoring, administration and servicing of the Philosophy group evenings is done by volunteers who are themselves students in the School. Fees paid by students provide the main contribution towards the general costs of running the organisation and providing and maintaining its buildings.