This is an opportunity to spend a Sunday morning at the School’s magnificent art-deco property in Wahroonga discovering more about the transformative power of practical philosophy.
This term we will continue our study of Plato’s Apology. The Apology is Socrates’ defense speech when he on trial before the Athenian people for “corrupting the youth” and believing in gods “other than the State gods”.
Socrates is presented as a young man, below the age of 20, keen on Philosophy, bold, yet untrained. He puts forward “The Theory of Forms”, but when he is pressed by Parmenides, he is at a loss to defend his position.
Socrates having stated in Book 5 that cities or individuals will never find peace or prosperity until either the leader is a Philosopher or a Philosopher is the leader, in Book 6 Socrates explores deeper.
Plotinus is the greatest and most famous of the Neoplatonic philosophers. Born in Egypt and educated in Alexandria, Plotinus moved to Rome where a circle of dedicated students formed around him and persuaded him to write.