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PTCOLIM

 

Essentials of the Philosophy of Plato and his Tradition

Courses in 2021 and 2022

A ten session introductory course via Zoom

 

The Prometheus Trust will be running a 10 session introductory course via Zoom aimed at exploring the essentials of the philosophy of the Platonic tradition.  The sessions will cover metaphysics and theology, psychology, virtue and ethics, and Platonic approaches to enlightenment. Since our original announcement we have had a large number of potential participants asking to register and since we try to keep our zoom groups to a reasonably small size, our first run is heavily oversubscribed. We are therefore proposing to repeat the course on Monday and Tuesday evenings (London time) starting in October 2021, and again on Sunday evenings in late February, 2022: see below in the second table for dates.

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 Platonic philosophers of the ancient world considered Platonism as a path of wisdom - one which unfolded the innate powers of the soul and revealed her divine likeness. We hope that by the end of the course participants will have glimpsed for themselves why such an exalted view of true philosophy inspired so many men and women over its long history, and why that ever-living path is worth following today.

Each session 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 limited number of places: a commitment to attend all the sessions if at all possible is requested for the maximum benefit of each student. We have a series of papers which should supplement the discussions of each of the sessions; these will be emailed to participants a week or so before each session. 

To register by email education@prometheustrust.co.uk

There is no charge for the course. 

                                        The Sessions

Session

Date

Subject

Content

1

19th September

Introduction

What is philosophy? Why philosophy? The Platonic tradition

2

3rd October

Metaphysics 1

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

3

17th October

Metaphysics 2

The intelligible and the visible, eternal ideas and temporal manifestation

4

31st October

Soul 1

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

5

14th November

Soul 2

The soul’s powers, activities, and faculties

6

28th November

Dialectic

Dialectical questions: division, definition, demonstration and analysis

7

12th December

Eros

The Symposium and Diotima's path of love

8

9th January

Virtue

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

9

23rd January

Myth

Plato’s use of philosophical and poetical myth

10

6th February

Philosophy as initiation

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      

Repeat dates

Session

Monday evenings 2021

Tuesday evenings 2021-22

Sunday evenings 2022

1

11th October

12th October

9th January

2

18th October

26th October

23rd January

3

25th October

9th Novermber

6th February

4

1st Noverber

23rd November

20th February

5

8th November

7th December

6th March

6

15th November

21st December

20th March

7

22nd November

4th January 2022

3rd April

8

29th Novermber

18th January

24th April

9

6th December

1st February

8th May

10

13th December

15th February

15th May