Our year of Plato starts 12 February

Bookings are now open for Summer evening classes starting the week of Monday, 12 February 2024.

The fire of our friendship burns brighter!
Invent a virtuous republican mythology and “The fire of our friendship burns brighter!”

If you are new to Plato then now is a good time to start. From Monday 12 February, we begin a program of courses through the year designed to develop a rounded introduction to the entire scope of Plato’s writings and ideas. This starts with a wonderfully engaging dialogue in Gorgias: persuasion power and passion. [BOOKINGS CLOSED]

If you are up for a challenge then our other offering for Summer term is to embark on a journey through the entire 10 books of Plato’s Republic [BOOKED OUT]. Ranging across politics, sociology, scientific method and the highest principles of philosophy, Plato’s Republic is always placed amongst the greatest works of our tradition. It will take us two 6-week terms to read and discuss the entire work. Don’t miss Part 1 starting Wednesday 14 February.

If you are planning to take at least a couple of classes this year then it is worthwhile first becoming a member. Membership is also a way to support the academy and to becoming more involved in its activities.

Eric Timewell Memorial Lecture

The Geometry of Harmony” | Bernie Lewin & Achilles Yiangoulli | 4 pm, Saturday, 2 December 2023 | Kathleen Syme Centre | Free (donations accepted) | All welcome | RSVP necessary for attendance |

In 2023 the Academy decided to institute an annual public lecture on topics of interest that are outside the normal scope of its courses.

This first lecture will be exceptional. Eric Timewell had often discussed ideas for a stand-alone presentation on Pythagorean harmony. We asked whether this could be our inaugural annual lecture. Eric never said no. It seemed appropriate that this, our first “Eric Timewell” Annual Lecture, should be inspired by Eric’s previous talks on beauty and harmony and by some further developments for the new presentation that he never had time to deliver.

UPDATE: This lecture is not in place of a planned memorial gathering to celebrate Eric’s life. That occasion is still to be announced.