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Rosemary Pettit

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Phaedrus in Kent Reply with quote

Greetings! Tim Addey's work on Plato is well-known, and some of you may also know Ronald Lello. For this November weekend in Kent he is hosting a Millennium Trust event at his house in the country near Ashford. Mix good food and company with Plato. (But you might want to check out the level at which it is being offered.) Details follow....

True beauty and the Spiritual Path
An Introduction to Plato’s Phaedrus
Tim Addey and Martha Lyn of The Prometheus Trust
Weekend 2nd-4th November 2007

This Millennium Trust weekend is centred on an exploration of Plato’s Phaedrus. This dialogue has been considered by many commentators as a summary of most of the important insights of the Platonic corpus – it is exceptionally inspiring, as well as one of the most psychologically profound of the works of antiquity. In it Plato traces the descent of the soul from her pristine state of innocence, her trials of earthly existence, her reawakening to her spiritual destiny through the extraordinary effects of falling in love, and the path which she then makes for herself in order to regain her original union with the Beautiful. In this way, Plato shows his Pythagorean roots, and allows us to join with Pythagoras in his wonderful affirmation, “I am a child of Earth, and of the Starry Heavens.”

The vision of Phaedrus lies in the half-hidden teachings beneath the surface of the written words. By considering the dramatic and mythological symbolism of the dialogue, as well as the psychological responses Plato expects to draw from those who ponder his arguments, we aim to begin that process which the dialogue itself promises: for having acknowledged the shortcomings of written teaching, Socrates encourages us towards the kind of teachings which are written in the soul of the learner. Comparing true philosophic communion with the science and art of the wise gardener drawing forth flowers and fruits in their season, he says:

“But, in my opinion, a much more beautiful study will result from discourses, when some one employing the dialectic art, and receiving a soul properly adapted for his purpose, plants and sows in it discourses, in conjunction with knowledge; discourses which are sufficiently able to assist both themselves and their planter, and which are not barren, but abound with seed; from whence others springing up in different manners, are always sufficient to extend this immortal benefit, and to render their possessor blessed in as high a degree as is possible to human beings.”

The weekend will be led by Tim Addey and Martha Lyn of the Prometheus Trust’s education programme. Tim Addey also contributes to the Trust’s Students’ Edition Series of introductory books on Platonic philosophy and is an acclaimed author of several books on Platonism.

Residential participants: £120 (inc.accommodation and food)
Non-residential participants: £65 (inc.lunches and dinner*)
*an additional £7.50 will be charged to non-residents who wish to join us for dinner on Friday evening.

To book, and for further information, please contact Ronald Lello at the address below:

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