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What is Reality? Plato's Cave

An evening on the story of the Cave from Plato's Republic.


In the seventh book of the Republic Plato confronts us with the possibility that what we take to be the whole of reality is but a small part, and perhaps the least substantial part. He presents this startling challenge in the form of a story concerning prisoners trapped in a cave and only able to perceive shadows and echoes in the deepest part of the cavern: one prisoner, however, finds his way out into the bright world above. This story has intrigued thinkers ever since it was first written – it is the premise of The Matrix, of course – and its subtlety and depth continually present new concepts to its readers. (Reading: The Republic 514a - 520d.)

This the first of the Prometheus Trust's monthly "talk, reading and discussion" evenings in London aimed at introducing some of the fundamentals of Platonic philosophy to those who are interested in a tradition that can call upon the insights of thinkers stretching back some 3,000 years and yet still inspires many today who seek an inner and outer life that is just, beautiful and good.

Each evening will start with a short talk which will introduce the dialogue to be considered, its important concepts, and the "story so far"; we will then read the four or five pages from the Republic concerning the Cave, timed to last around 15-20 minutes, and which will form the basis of a further hour's collaborative exploration.

More details on the Prometheus Trust website, www.prometheustrust.co.uk


Speaker(s):

Mr Tim Addey | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

17 November 2014 at 7:30 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regentís Park Road
London
NW1 7AY


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Organised by:

The Prometheus Trust
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Tickets:

Donations between £3-5 encouraged

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