PLATO STUDIES

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WHY STUDY PLATO ?

 

‘IF A YOUNG PERSON WERE TO ASK YOU, WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING PLATO WHAT WOULD YOU REPLY?’

 

‘STUDYING PLATO TEACHES YOU HOW TO THINK. PARTICULARLY IT TEACHES YOU HOW TO BE FREE OF THE PRECONCEIVED IDEAS THAT WE MIGHT INHERIT. IN OTHER WORDS LIBERATION.’

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PLATO COURSES

If you are new to the study of Plato we suggest you begin with Plato's Republic. Enrolments for Term 2, 2024 are now open.

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PLATO'S EUTHYPHRO

Socrates, the day before his unsuccessful trial for corrupting the youth and impiety, visits the court to receive an official affidavit.  There he meets the teacher, Euthyphro, who is also visiting the court because he wishes to launch an indictment against his own father for the accidental death of a murderous slave.  Euthyphro believes bringing charges against his father is an act of holiness.  Socrates is not so sure.  Socrates explores as far as Euthyphro is willing to go with the great question, "what is holiness".  They explore the relationship between Holiness and Justice and the reader will come to a much greater understanding of the Whole and the Part relationship.

All are Welcome | No Charge | Texts will be provided

Please direct all enquiries to the organiser William Fox

Start Date: Monday May 20   Time: 6:50am AEST  Where: Online via ZOOM

PLATO'S PARMENIDES

Not for the faint hearted.  This is a rigourous reading of perhaps Plato’s most challenging dialogue providing an exhaustive examination of the meaning of One in all its different aspects as a training in the application of Forms.  Parmenides is the Teacher and young Socrates is the student with a great potential for philosophy and has inspired this demonstration by the venerable teacher.

All are Welcome | No Charge | Texts will be provided

Please direct all enquiries to the organiser William Fox .

Start Date: Wednesday May 22  Time: 5:00pm AEST

Where: Online via ZOOM

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PLATO'S REPUBLIC - BOOK 7

In Book 7 of Plato's Republic is the famous "Allegory of the Cave", which Plato describes as a way to "compare our nature, in respect of education or lack of education".

In Book 7 Plato will also explain the additional subjects that the Guardians will need to study, such as Geometry, Arithmetic, Astronomy and the Queen of all studies, Dialectic.

All are Welcome | No Charge | Texts will be provided

Please direct all enquiries to the organiser William Fox

Start Date: Thursday May 23 Time: 5:00pm AEST

Where: Online via ZOOM

 

PLOTINUS' ENNEADS BOOK 4.4

Next term we expect to conclude our study of Plotinus' great inquiry into "Difficulties concerning the Soul",  Ennead 4.4.

There are beautiful sections on the sympathetic nature of the singular Universe and the efficacy of prayers.  He offers contemplation as the way for freedom from all irrational universal forces.

 

All are Welcome | No Charge | Texts will be provided

Please direct all enquiries to the organiser William Fox

Start Date: Saturday May 25  Time: 10:00am AEST

Where: In the Tennis Pavillion at Mahratta AND via ZOOM

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"Like an individual human being, the city should live well. And to live a goodly life it is first necessary that we ourselves do no injustice, or suffer injustice at the hands of others......... The same principle also applies to the city; if it becomes good, its life is peaceful, if bad, its life is a battle, internally and externally. " ~ (Plato's Laws, Book 8)