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Porphyry - the Compassionate Philosopher

A lecture on the life, philosophy and works of Porphyry.

Porphyry (c 234-305 CE) was a pupil of Plotinus and the editor of his teacher’s Enneads. His understanding of the Platonic tradition is infused with compassion and with the best form of humanism – that is to say, he sees the human being as a self-determined creature full of intellectual and divine powers. His writings ranged across a variety of topics – Aristotle’s analytical philosophy, the philosophy and symbolism of myth, ethics (including our relation to our fellow animals), the questions raised by oracles and divinatory practices, and an examination of the emerging Christian teachings (which resulted in Porphyry’s works being amongst the most often burnt in subsequent times).

The fifth in a series of lectures, "Six Lectures on the Philosophers of the Platonic Tradition"


Dr Crystal Addey | talks | www


Date and Time:

24 April 2012 at 7:30 pm


1 hour



Bath Roayl Literary & Scientific Institution
16-18 Queen Square
01225 312084
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Organised by:

The Prometheus Trust
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£5 (£3 concessions)

Available from:

The Administrator, The Prometheus Trust, info@prometheustrust.co.uk or phone 01373 825808

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No need to book in advance, although this can be done through the Prometheus Trust. There will be 30 or 40 minutes available for audience questions and answers after the lecture.

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