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Plato's Cave

Short talk, reading and group discussion on the Plato's Cave from his Republic.


Plato's famous story of prisoners chained to benches deep in a cave, only able to see shadows on the wall which they take to be the whole of reality, presents us with a fundamental question: is what we take to be real, truly so? If there is something beyond this world of materiality, is there a path out of the cave into the upper world of light? What kind of creatures would we become if we were to find our way to that place? And what kind of responsibilities would follow upon its attainment? We'll begin the evening with a brief talk about the themes of Plato's Republic and the place of the cave story in it. Then, after reading the story of the Cave from the dialogue, we'll spend our evening discussing these and other profound questions.

No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

Entrance in free, but donations between £3-5 will be welcomed.

A PDF download of the extract we will be reading is available on our website together with further details of this and other Prometheus Trust's activities: www.prometheustrust.co.uk (the PDF is on the "London Monday Evenings" page.)


Speaker(s):

Tim Addey | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

22 August 2016 at 7:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regentís Park Road
London
NW1 7AY


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The Prometheus Trust
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