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Bristol Monthly
study & discussion sessions

* Run on the penultimate Monday of each month *


“The whole life of a philosopher is a dance. Terpsichore, therefore, is the inspective guardian of all dancing. Who then are those that honour the goddess in the dance? Not those who dance well, but those who live well through the whole of the present existence, beautifully arranging their life, and dancing in symphony with the universe.”                     Hermeas

The Prometheus Trust runs monthly philosophy sessions in Bristol on the penultimate Monday of each month from 7.00 to 8.30pm at:

 St Werburghs Centre

Horley Rd, Bristol BS2 9TJ

Further details from or phone 01291 409018

These evenings include short talks and/or readings from Platonic writings – but we hope they will be genuinely interactive, with all participants invited to contribute to our collaborative search for truth. No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

Admission is free, but we do encourage those who are able to donate 5 in order to cover our costs.

Most of these evenings are self-contained and every effort is made to make them accessible to the newcomer, while allowing the great profundity of the Platonic tradition to step forward and speak to us at whatever level our present understanding sits. Some of these sessions are coupled together, in order to give us the space to examine more fully particular texts and themes, but even here we will ensure that if those attending have missed the first of the two sessions a recap of what has gone before will help all participants to pick up the main threads of the theme.

We will make available (as a PDF download) the text we are studying, well before the date of the meeting.

The Trust has run similar activities for some 18 years, and in our experience they allow the most profound questions concerning human life, the nature of reality, and our interactions, to be explored at once both seriously and with good cheer. Our aim is to provide a forum for honest and straight-forward enquiry, but which is unafraid to explore inward-moving paths too often neglected by modern schools of thought.

Upcoming sessions in 2023:



20th November: The Republic’s story of the Cave


Many are familiar with Plato’s story known as “The Cave”, told by Socrates in the seventh book of the Republic in order to explain his view of reality, and the common failure of humankind to understand both it and our cognitive powers which we use to address the various levels of reality.

But although the outline of the story and its basic theme is relatively easy to ascertain, there are many insights offered to the careful reader: our session is a chance to read the story and discuss its subtleties and hidden implications.


 Paper: to follow: Cave with intro


Draft syllabus for 2023

Subject [and text]


File download

23 Jan

Plato and Panpsychism

Miranda Addey

(to follow)

20 Feb

The myth of Eros and Psyche - descent

Tim Addey

Cupid and psyche - Descent

20 Mar

The myth of Eros and Psyche - ascent

Tim Addey

Cupid and Psyche - Ascent

17 Apr

Women philosophers in the Platonic tradition

Crystal Addey

(to follow)

22 May

Reminisence and Forms in Plato

Miranda Addey

Reminiscence in Plato's Phaedo and Meno-2

19 Jun

Timaeus: the mixing of the soul

Tim Addey

The Mixing of the soul in the Timaeus


Soul - life bringer, and knower

Tim Addey

Soul - life and knower






Orphic mysteries and Plato’s Meno

Tim Addey

Orphic mysteries and the Meno

23 Oct

The philosopher and the objects of her search

Tim Addey

The philosopher and the objects of her search

20 Nov

Plato’s Cave - a look at the story from the Republic

Tim Addey

Cave with intro