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PTCOLIM

 

Essentials of the Philosophy of Plato and his Tradition

Winter 2020 in London and Bristol

A ten week introductory course

The Prometheus Trust is running a 10 week course at Kilburn/West Hampstead starting in January 2020 aimed at introducing the essentials of the philosophy of the Platonic tradition. We are also running the same course in Bristol, starting in February. The 10 sessions 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.

In London the course will run at weekly intervals on Thursdays beginning 16 January and finishing on 19 March. Each session will last an hour and half, beginning at 8.15 pm. In Bristol we will run at weekly intervals on Tuesdays starting on February 4th and finishing on April 7th; here the one and a half hour sessions will begin at 7pm

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 7 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 30 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

Once you have complete our booking form and returned it to education@prometheustrust.co.uk you can either pay by bank transfer or by this paypal button:

 

Draft timetable for London (Thursdays, 8.15-9.45)

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

5th March

Virtue

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

12th March

Myth

Plato’s use of philosophical and poetical myth

19th March

Philosophy as initiation

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft timetable for Bristol (Tuesdays, 7-8.30pm))

Date

Subject

Content

4th February

Introduction

What is philosophy? Why philosophy? The Platonic tradition

11th February

Metaphysics 1

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

18th February

Metaphysics 2

The intelligible and the visible, eternal ideas and temporal manifestation

25th February

Soul 1

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

3rd March

Soul 2

The soul’s powers, activities, and faculties

10th March

Dialectic

Dialectical questions: division, definition, demonstration and analysis

17th March

Eros

The Symposium and Diotima's path of love

24th March

Virtue

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

31st March

Myth

Plato’s use of philosophical and poetical myth

7th April

Philosophy as initiation

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