PLATO COURSES AND EVENTS
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. Newcomers are welcome.
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.
The Laws are Plato’s final work, rarely read, but providing clarity and insight into the principles that govern societies, offering a path to happiness, freedom and prosperity, individually and collectively. Meditating students only.
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.
The study for the day will be Plato’s dialogue entitled, Alcibiades I. Socrates has been watching Alcibiades for some time and recognizes his exceptional talent and potential. But wonders how will all this talent and potential be used ?