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PTCOLIM

 

Essentials of the Philosophy of Plato and his Tradition

Courses in2022

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: We are running the course on Tuesday evenings (6.30-8.15) during the spring and again on Sunday evenings (5-6.45) during the summer - 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

Spring (Tues)
6.30-8.15pm

Summer (Sun)
5-6.45pm

Subject

Content

1

22nd Feb

11th May

Introduction

What is philosophy? Why philosophy? The Platonic tradition

2

1st Mar

29th May

Metaphysics 1

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

3

15th Mar

5th June

Metaphysics 2

The intelligible and the visible, eternal ideas and temporal manifestation

4

22nd Mar

12th Jun

Soul 1

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

5

29th Mar

19th Jun

Soul 2

The soul’s powers, activities, and faculties

6

12th Apr

26th Jun

Dialectic

Dialectical questions: division, definition, demonstration and analysis

7

19th Apr

3rd Jul

Eros

The Symposium and Diotima's path of love

8

26th Apr

10th Jul

Virtue

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

9

10th May

17th Jul

Myth

Plato’s use of philosophical and poetical myth

10

17th May

24th Jul

Philosophy as initiation

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