This week in Plato’s Republic we come to the famous part where Socrates must break into allegory to provide a glimpse of the ultimate goal of the philosopher’s education. The enduring fascination with ‘the divided line’ and Plato’s cave is introduced by this excellent podcast in The Secret History of Western Esotericism. Also check out this episode discussing the incredible recent findings on the mathematical structure underlying the text.
The two winter classes are now full. We look forward to seeing folks on line next week. Please be ready for the 6.30 pm start (Mon for Republic, Tues for Reading Plato). Remember to have a go at the first week’s reading (see Reading Plato or Republic). If you ordered a book and it has not arrived, then please let us know.
A new course is also on offer this spring: Platonic Love. It’s not for beginners…and not for the faint-hearted!
We are now taking enrolments for our beginners course, Reading Plato, commencing as scheduled online from Tuesday, 14 July (
enrol CLASS FULL). Platonic Esoteric Geometry will be deferred until Covid-19 restrictions ease, as it requires hands-on instruction. Those who have read some Plato before are invited to read The Republic with us on Monday nights, starting 13 July.
Classes are scheduled to begin in mid-July 2020, however we awaiting a decision on whether the venue will be available by then. If the venue is unavailable then some classes will proceed online. We hope to make an announcement in the next few days.
We have decided to go ahead with the final introductory classes tonight and tomorrow (17-18 Mar). Students should have received an email this morning outlining safety measures. Hopefully we will see you, but if not then let us say that it was great to have you all along for the ride.
We do hope that everyone stays safe until when classes are planned to recommence in July. If the virus has not subsided by then and classes are cancelled, then all bookings will be fully refunded.
Best wishes to all from the team at the Platonic Academy.
The summer introductory classes starting on 11 & 12 Feb are
nearly book out (still 2 more places for the Wednesdays as I write). For those already booked, expect an email in the next few day. For those who missed out, we have just opened bookings for the same class in Winter, starting Tuesday 14 July.
Our Tuesday night Reading Plato introductory class is
nearly full so we have added a new class on Wednesday nights, 6.30 pm from 12 February 2020.
If you’re new to philosophy then take our introductory course. But if you’ve done a bit before, then this might be the course for you: Plato and the Philosophy of the Unsayable. MSCP is a great Melbourne institution promoting philosophical studies outside the scope of university courses. At their 2020 summer school they have asked us to teach Plato as you would never know him at uni. Join us on five Thursday evenings from 16 Jan 2020. MSCP even video the sessions if you can’t make it to Melbourne.