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.

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PLATO'S APOLOGY

This term we will continue our study of Plato’s ApologyThe 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”.  He will be found guilty and will be sentenced to death.  His speech defends his life pursuing philosophy and his uncompromising love of Truth and obedience to his divine calling.

All are Welcome | No Charge | Texts will be provided

Please direct all enquiries to the organiser William Fox

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email containing the ZOOM link to join the meeting.

 

Start Date: Monday 29 January   Time: 6:50am AEDT

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 .

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email containing the ZOOM link to join the meeting.

Start Date: Wednesday 31 January  Time: 5:00pm AEDT

Where: Online via ZOOM

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PLATO'S REPUBLIC - BOOK 6

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 with Glaucon and Adeimanthus explore deeper, what is a philosophic nature.  What does it mean to be a Philosopher?

All are Welcome | No Charge | Texts will be provided

Please direct all enquiries to the organiser William Fox

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email containing the ZOOM link to join the meeting.

Start Date: Friday 2 February  Time: 5:00pm AEDT

Where: Online via ZOOM

 

PLOTINUS' ENNEADS BOOK 4

We will continue our study of Plotinus’ Enneads.  We are currently in the middle of Plotinus’ great tractate, On Difficulties Concerning the Soul.  Plotinus is an acquired taste which requires careful study and contemplation of the meaning of his words.  It is well worth the effort.  Having internalized all the ancient philosophical writers and regarding Plato as his master, he as an original thinker writing in Greek in the Roman world of the 3rd Century AD presents a philosophy that is whole and complete and based upon deep experience of universal truths.

All are Welcome | No Charge | Texts will be provided

Please direct all enquiries to the organiser William Fox

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email containing the ZOOM link to join the meeting.

Start Date: Saturday 3 February  Time: 10:00am AEDT

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)