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Philosophy in theory and practice – Plato's Seventh Letter - 2

Plato on the requirements of the philosophical life

Plato understood philosophy to be a living art – an art which addressed the inner and outer life. There is a collection of letters said to be written by Plato (a matter of controversy amongst modern scholars) which discuss his own history as well as some of his most important ideas. Over two evenings we plan to look at extracts from the Seventh Letter, which is considered to be the one most likely to be genuine, and to explore some of the profound insights it offers. Much of the Letter, like many of his Dialogues, rests upon the view that the internal constitution of an individual human has a parallel to the constitution of a State and that in both cases, justice and law are to be preferred to tyranny and violence. The philosophic cultivation of virtues is the key to a well-mastered soul and State where justice can manifest as harmony with what truly is.

This is the second of two planned sessions on the Seventh Letter (the first was on July 3rd) but the main points of the earlier evening will be summarized at the start of this session, so participants should be able to pick up the threads.

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.)


Tim Addey | talks | www


Date and Time:

31 July 2017 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road

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