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PTCOLIM

 

Essentials of the Philosophy of Plato and his Tradition

 

A ten week introductory course

The Prometheus Trust is running a 10 week course at Cecil Sharp House starting in January 2017 aimed at introducing the essentials of the philosophy of the Platonic tradition. It will cover metaphysics and theology, psychology, virtue and ethics, and Platonic approaches to enlightenment.

The aim is to present an outline of the elements of the Platonic tradition, to show something of its breadth and depth, and to make an initial exploration of the methods by which each participant's interior resources can be brought into play in the search for philosophical truths and beauties.

The course will run at weekly intervals on Mondays beginning 16 January and finishing on 20 March. Each session will last an hour and half, beginning at 6.30 pm. Each class will use extracts from the writings of the Platonic tradition but will especially rely upon the experience of philosophic discussion within the group. For this reason there will be a maximum of 10 students, and a commitment to attend all the sessions if at all possible is requested for the maximum benefit of each student. Completion of a booking form is required and is available from education@prometheustrust.co.uk

There is no charge for the teaching but a donation of 50 is requested to help defray the Trust’s expenses. This is payable before the beginning of the course, is non-refundable, and we would ask that you complete a gift aid form to enable us to reclaim tax (if you are a UK taxpayer). If you cannot afford this donation, please contact the Treasurer at info@prometheustrust.co.uk

Draft timetable

Date

Subject

Content

16th January

Introduction

What is philosophy? Why philosophy? The Platonic tradition

23rd January

Metaphysics 1

The One or the Good, the Gods of the Platonic tradition, Being

30th January

Metaphysics 2

The intelligible and the visible, eternal ideas and temporal manifestation

6th February

Soul 1

Self-motivity & immortality, reason & freewill, the path of the soul

13th February

Soul 2

The soul’s powers, activities, and faculties

20th February

Dialectic

Dialectical questions: division, definition, demonstration and analysis

27th February

Eros

The Symposium and Diotima's path of love

6th March

Virtue

Four primary virtues - and the direction of the soul’s activities

13th March

Myth

Plato’s use of philosophical and poetical myth

20th March

Philosophy as initiation

The mysteries, theurgy. And a look back at the whole course.