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Philosophy and the Soul

For Plato and ancient Platonists, care of the soul was of prime importance: a look at some fundamental questions.

The word 'soul' comes with as many negative associations as positive ones for many in the modern world, but for the ancient Greeks soul (or 'psyche') was seen simply as that which animates the body: the word meant breath, or that which is drawn in as the body is born, and which is breathed out as it expires. The soul, as a life-giving essence, determines the kind of life lived, and the care of the soul was Plato's great concern: this lecture looks at what this might mean. What is the soul's essential nature, what are its powers and proper sphere of activity, what relation does it have to consciousness, and is it immortal? These are questions that must be addressed by those who would care for their own soul, and who seek to contribute to the welfare of others. After the lecture there will be time set aside for discussion.


Tim Addey | talks | www


Date and Time:

3 December 2009 at 7:30 pm


2 hours



The Pierian Centre
27 Portland Square
0117 924 4512
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Organised by:

The Prometheus Trust
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At the door, or reserve a place via the Administrator, The Prometheus Trust, info@prometheustrust.co.uk or phone 01373 825808

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This is the fifth of a seven lecture series - these lectures are linked but each is self-contained and will therefore be accessible without attendance at the others.

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