Courses

COVID NOTICE FOR WINTER 2021: ALL CLASSES WILL CONTINUE ONLINE-ONLY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF Platonic Love. THIS CLASS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE GREEK COMMUNITY, LEVEL 2, 168 LONSDALE STREET, MELBOURNE.

READING PLATO: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Curious about philosophy? Let Plato teach you.

Join us reading and discussing the famous dialogues where Socrates stands accused of corrupting the youth of Athens.

  • Six weekly small-group sessions suitable for beginners
  • Read a set passage before the evening talk and discussion
  • All readings from The Last Days of Socrates
    (available for purchase)

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BOOKINGS NOW OPEN FOR WINTER TERM
ONLINE-ONLY USING ZOOM
from Wednesday, 23 June, 2021, 6:30 – 8pm.

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THEAETETUS: ON KNOWLEDGE

What is it to know? …to know ideas? …to know things? This lively and deceptively casual dialogue analysing a variety of answers to these questions provides the perfect introduction to the topic.

(Not for beginners: take Reading Plato first)

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This class will likely ran again in 2022. Watch this space for details or subscribe to our blog.

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THE SOPHIST: ANSWERING PARMENIDES

  • Six weekly small-group online sessions for continuing students
  • Not for beginners: take Reading Plato first.

The surface narrative of the Sophist is a follow-up from the epistemological discussion of the Theaetetus. The group meet gain the next morning, only this time accompanied by an ‘Eleatic stranger’ who proceeds to lead a meandering and playful attempt to define ‘the sophist’. In doing so, he gives the best exemplifications of Plato’s dialectic ‘method of division’. The dialogue finishes triumphantly when the ‘Eleatic stranger’ presents Plato’s answer to the father of Eleatic scepticism, Parmenides, in the most advanced version his ‘Theory of Forms’.

Course outline to be posted soon.

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PLATO’S REPUBLIC

Find out why this is one of the most famous and influential books in the Western tradition.
Also discover some of its esoteric secrets.

(Not for beginners: take Reading Plato first)

  • Six weekly small-group sessions for continuing students
  • All readings from The Republic (available for purchase)

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This class will likely ran again in Spring 2021. Watch this space for details or subscribe to our blog.

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PLATONIC LOVE

Love, sex, booze, rhetoric and winged chariots: reading the Symposium and Phaedrus

(Not for beginners: take Reading Plato first.)

  • Six weekly small-group sessions for continuing students
  • All readings from Symposium and Phaedrus (available for purchase)

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BOOKINGS NOW OPEN FOR THE WINTER TERM
BACK IN THE LONSDALE STREET CLASSROOMS
from Wednesday, 23 June, 2021, 6:30 – 8pm.

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PLATONIC ESOTERIC GEOMETRY

(Not for beginners: take Reading Plato first.)

  • Six weekly small-group sessions
  • Compass, rule, paper and all other materials provided

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This class will likely ran again in Spring 2021. Watch this space for details or subscribe to our blog.

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PLATONISM & CHRISTIANITY

Discover just how much Plato and Platonism shaped Christian doctrine

  • Six weekly online lectures (including time for questions and discussion)
  • Some knowledge of Plato and/or Christianity recommended but not essential

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This lecture series ran Nov-Dec 2020. It will likely run again late in 2021. Watch this space for details or subscribe to our blog.

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