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PTCOLIM

 

Virtual Events

The Prometheus Trust is planning on running a series of seminars via the Zoom platform during the Covid-19 restrictions - the program will be developed as we explore the best possible formats for such events. Please check back here on a regular basis for details.

alcibiades

Two virtual seminars

on Plato’s First Alcibiades

June 6th and 13th, 4 to 5.45pm BST

 

The First Alcibiades was the first of Plato’s dialogue which the Platonic schools of late antiquity set before their students because it centres itself on the Delphic exhortation, Know Thyself.  As Proclus wrote, “the most valid and surest starting point for the dialogues of Plato and practically the whole of philosophical study is, in our opinion, discerning of our own being. If this is correctly understood we shall in every way be able to identify both the good appropriate to us and that which fights against it.”

The Prometheus Trust has run seminars and study weekends on Platonic themes for twenty years and plans to continue these studies via virtual channels over the coming months. Our approach to the philosophy of the Platonic tradition is to view it as a path to enlightenment rather than as mere exercise of logic and concept-building - in other words, we take seriously the numerous passages in the dialogues which portray the goal of philosophy as an inner self-transformation and divinization, as well as providing a guide to the outer life.

Our first virtual seminar will be on Saturday June 6th at 4pm (BST) and our second a week later, June 13th, at the same time. This is open to anyone who is interested in our approach to philosophy: we ask that participants will have read the dialogue at least once by the first session, in any translation  (we can supply a PDF of the dialogue, as translated by Thomas Taylor and Floyer Sydenham upon request.)

The sessions will run for one hour 45 minutes via Zoom. Each session will begin with a 20 minute presentation which will pick out a particular aspect of the dialogue, and then open up for a group exploration. We aim to limit the number of participants to around 10 (if there is a significantly greater demand than this we will repeat the session as required). You are welcome to join us whether you have been a participant in previous Prometheus face to face events or are a newcomer and, of course, wherever you are in the world.

The title of the first talk will be “The disease of double ignorance, and the Socratic cure”; the second session will begin with “Kore in the eye of the Lover.”

There are no charges for participation: to register for a place please email education@prometheustrust.co.uk.