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Tim Addey



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:10 am    Post subject: Prometheus Trust Conference July 2014 - Know Thyself Reply with quote

I do hope forum members will be interested in the following -


PROMETHEUS TRUST NINTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
TO BE HELD ON 4-6 JULY 2014 AT IVY HOUSE, WARMINSTER, WILTSHIRE UK

"Know Thyself"

"With respect to myself indeed, I have not leisure for such an undertaking; and this because I am not yet able, according to the Delphic precept, to know myself. But it appears to me to be ridiculous, while I am yet ignorant of this, to speculate things foreign from the knowledge of myself. Hence, bidding farewell to these, and being persuaded in the opinion which I have just now mentioned respecting them, I do not contemplate these, but myself, considering whether I am not a wild beast, possessing more folds than Typhon, and far more raging and fierce; or whether I am a more mild and simple animal, naturally participating of a certain divine and modest condition." – Socrates, in the Phaedrus.

The famed exhortation of the Sanctuary at Delphi, know thyself, was embraced by the Platonic tradition as an essential first step in the philosophic life. Indeed, given the view that there is nothing in the great cosmos which is not reproduced microcosmically in the human self, the precept might, in this sense, be considered as the whole of the philosophic path.

Keynote speech will be given by Professor John Bussanich on "Plato, Yoga and Self-Realisation"

This conference invites contributions from those inspired by the Delphic exhortation and by the long history of the varied human responses to it. The Prometheus Trust hopes that contributors will not only consider past responses, but also the prospect before us: for the need for a quiet discovery of the self may be lost in the noise of a world in which information is available in ever increasing quantity and speed. What is the prize that awaits the self-knower? How are we to transform information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom? How can we carry forward the philosophic tradition of true self-knowledge in the rapidly changing world in which we live?

We especially value a mix of participants and presenters – academic and non-academic, specialist and non-specialist – and encourage all those who are attempting the noble task of discovering the self to contribute.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be with us at the latest by Saturday, 22 February 2014. Acceptance of these will be confirmed as quickly as possible.

Papers should be around 2500-3000 words or 20 minutes’ presentation (we usually allow a further 20 minutes for a question and answer session after each presentation).

Bookings should be received by us not later than Monday, 15 March 2014.

Further details can be found on our Conference page at www.prometheustrust.co.uk
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Tim Addey



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a mention that the venue of the Prometheus Trust conference has been switched to Gilwell Park Conference Centre in Chingford, Essex. We still have residential and non-residential places available. Please see the Prometheus Trust website for further details.

http://www.prometheustrust.co.uk/html/conference.html
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