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The Philosopher in the Soul

The second of three lectures on the Platonic Life: exploring the virtues or excellences of the self directed inwardly.

The journey which begins with a consideration of how we should act in the world, continues with a deeper examination of the self. We may begin to see that the same great principles which have shaped the whole world, have a place within the soul - for we can really only contact the various truths and beauties in the world if we too share some common principle: we might affirm that what the world is, we are but in microcosm. But until we can see ourselves clearly, and without the accretions which we may mistakenly take for our real selves, the exact nature of our inner principles will surely remain veiled. Following the cultivation of the political virtues, the Platonic tradition bids us cultivate the cathartic virtues - those purifying excellences which enable us to reclaim “the ruined empire of the soul”.


Mr Guy Wyndham-Jones | talks | www


Date and Time:

18 February 2013 at 7:30 pm


1 hour



New Acropolis
19 Compton Terrace
N1 2UN
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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. Or at the door.

Additional Information:

There will be 30 or 40 minutes available for audience questions and answers after the lecture. On the following week (Monday 25th at 7.30) there will be an evening seminar on the matters raised by the lecture: this is open to all who are interested.

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