THE STUDY OF PLATO
This term we will begin by reading Alcibiades 1 where Socrates meets with Alcibiades, a most talented and ambitious young man, just before his first political speech before the Athenian Assembly. Socrates will ask him what he is going to speak about and whether he knows anything about it. The Dialogue also explores the meaning of the famous saying at Delphi, Know Thyself.
We will then begin the Dialogue entitled Gorgias where Socrates converses first with one of the highest paid teachers of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece and then with one of his star pupils and ultimately with a powerful Athenian politician who thinks Justice is for weaklings who can’t get what they want by grabbing it. The Dialogue ends like The Phaedo with an extraordinary vision of the afterlife.
The cost of the class is $20 payable upon enrolment, newcomers are welcome.
Available Times Online –
Wednesday 3 February 5:15 pm – 6:30pm |
Friday 5 February 5:00pm – 6:15pm
All times indicated are AEDT.
Newcomers are welcome as a new topic is being examined.
Texts will be provided.
The organiser William Fox will contact you via email about the online format and setup.