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Myths of Life and the Afterlife in Plato's dialogues: The Phaedo

The myth of the true Earth in Plato's Phaedo.


The second of three Monday evening sessions on the theme of "Myths of Life and the Afterlife" tonight we look at the myth of the true Earth which Plato presents us with in the last few pages of the Phaedo.

In the Phaedo after Socrates discusses the nature of the human soul with his closest companions in his prison cell, he says that it is necessary that "if the soul is immortal, it requires our care and attention, not only for the present time, in which we say it lives, but likewise with a view to the whole of time: and it will now appear, that he who neglects it must subject himself to a most dreadful danger." He then gives a mythological overview of the conditions in which the soul finds itself both in this life and the next: it is known as "the story of the true Earth" – we'll read extracts from this likely tale, and explore its implications.

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):

Peter Lyle | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

23 April 2018 at 7:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

The Prometheus Trust
7 Pine Crest Way
Bream
Lydney
GL15 6HG
01594 726296
http://www.prometheustrust.co.uk

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