Autumn Salon: Sufism & Platonism

| Afternoon tea | 3pm Saturday, 18 May | in Doncaster | RSVP essential for attendance |

UPDATE: Recording of Bruce Xu’s talk (unedited)

Sufism: Light in the Cave
In the first few centuries following the Islam conquest, Eastern mystics called “Sufi” gathered huge followings, and some attained great political influence. Where did Sufism come from? There is so much more to early Sufism than the poetry of Rumi and the ecstatic dance of the Dervish, but it’s mystical teachings always present striking sympathies with Platonism. Bruce Xu will introduce us to Sufism and consider its historical roots in late antique neo-Platonism.
| Students, old and new, family and friends are all welcome. | Numbers strictly limited | RSVP essential via eventbrite |


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Autumn Sessions starting soon

Plato and Aristotle as depicted by Raphael in the School of Athens 1511
Plato pointing up, Aristotle pointing down in Raphael’s School of Athens

Places are still available in our Autumn evening classes starting the week of Monday 12 April 2021. If you are new to Plato and philosophy, we recommend for starters Reading Plato [NOW BOOKING FOR WINTER]. Continuing students are challenged to go deeper into Platonic philosophy by reading Plato’s Theaetetus [BOOKED OUT]. Delve into the geometric imagination behind the dialogues by practicing Platonic Esoteric Geometry [BOOKED OUT]. Meanwhile, Happy Easter!

Autumn 2021 enrolments now open

Greek vase depicting young men anointing with oil after exercising in the gymnasium.
In Plato’s Theaetetus, a brilliant geometry student is engaged by Socrates after anointing at the gymnasium.

Enrolments are now open for Autumn evening classes starting after Easter 2021. Those who are new to philosophy and Plato would best take our foundation course Reading Plato [BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED]. A new course for advanced students will be reading one of Plato’s great offerings to our tradition, the Theaetetus. This dialogue between Socrates and his young look-alike, Theaetetus, surveys several answers to the question: What is it to know something? Those who missed out on our first run of Platonic Esoteric Geometry will be pleased to hear that it is running gain. This hands-on class will convene in the Lonsdale Street classrooms, while the other classes remain online due to ongoing COVID restrictions.