PLATO

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The Philosopher Alfred Whitehead once said that everything anyone has written in Western Philosophy is little more than a footnote to Plato.

We are fortunate to have as the leader of our Platonic studies someone who is fluent in ancient Greek and who is currently involved in the preparation of a new translation of the whole of Plato’s work.

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PLATO IN THE MODERN WORLD ONLINE: 8 -15 AUGUST 2021

READING PLATO'S LAWS

Enjoy 7 days devoted to the philosophy of Plato, and our own exploration of philosophic enquiry.

In the Laws, Plato’s last work, the great teacher of the West turns his attention to the world around him and applies the universal truths of philosophy to the complex particulars of the everyday world.
The purpose of this study event is to consider the challenges facing the world today in the light of the wisdom of Plato’s Laws, and to discover the relevance and urgency of Plato’s last great masterpiece of philosophy and political enquiry: The Laws.

The programme will also include the study of Plotinus. Meetings will be scheduled to provide for multiple time zones and will incorporate a full morning of study and a block of late afternoon or evening study. The program will include meetings conducted by Dr Horan as well as a full programme of guest lectures.

These Plato events are primarily intended for students of the School attending philosophy groups, who are meditating.

See below for how to book for this event.

If you have any further questions please contact Chris Heeks on 0450 958 635

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BOOKING FOR PLATO IN THE MODERN WORLD

Bookings this year are directly through Ireland School's website where students firstly select their time zone and complete the form as requested, all fields are mandatory.  The payment amount defaults to the standard fee of €80 but if there are circumstances where a student requires a discount we ask that they contact Chris Heeks.

As the booking forms are based on our existing website formulation, you will see that students are asked to Choose Class, after their time zone.  They should select ‘All days’ (their only choice) it’s just the way the site is set up so they needn’t be concerned about this.

You will be given a login code so that you can access the portal for your particular time zone and so keep track of bookings as they come in.  It shows name, email and telephone numbers.   I will have access to the full information such as level of experience etc.  When the bookings are in then we will be able to make groups within each time zone. These Plato events are primarily intended for students of the School attending philosophy groups, who are meditating.

BOOK NOW

Booking deadline: Saturday 24 July 2021
Cost: €80

"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)

A DAY WITH PLATO

A Day with Plato is held three times a year, alternately at Hyde Park Towers, CBD and Mahratta, Wahroonga. However, due to COVID-19 this event will be an online event via ZOOM. The event is always on a Sunday, 9am-3pm.

The approach taken is to read and discuss the text with a view to following the argument rather than assessing whether the views expressed are correct or otherwise, or whether my views are correct or otherwise. All that is required, is an enthusiasm to go beyond what we normally regard as the limits of our understanding. Participants find these events stimulating and refreshing.

Each day begins with a briefing to put into context the materials to be studied and includes morning tea and lunch in very good company.

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IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR ME … THAT MULTITUDES OF MEN SHOULD DISAGREE WITH ME RATHER THAN THAT I, BEING ONE, SHOULD BE OUT OF HARMONY WITH MYSELF.

(Gorgias 482C).

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.’

UPCOMING PLATO EVENTS

A Day with Plato
Sunday 14 March

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 ?