“Value wisdom and truth more that you value money, reputation, and honour”: this was the heartfelt plea of Socrates to his fellow citizens at his trial in 399 BC. What would it mean in practice to value wisdom and truth more that the things of the world? Socrates insists that if we could follow this exhortation our lives would be transformed for the better. We would emerge from a shadow world of dreams and imaginings and discover a life that is truly worth living. It has been said that Socrates brought philosophy down from the heavens, placed it in our homes and in our cities and made it answer our practical questions about right and wrong, justice and injustice, and how we should live our lives. Find out what Socrates and his pupil Plato can teach us about our lives, relationships, love, and success in today's turbulent world.

This is a practical and engaging course does not require any prior knowledge of Socrates and Plato. Held live, online via Zoom over 10 weeks beginning Monday 24th January 2022 at 730pm. Fee is €50

Week 1

Discover a more meaningful life. Who was Socrates and what can we learn from him? Socrates said that we must examine our lives – how may we do this and why?

Week 2

Forgetting ourselves and remembering ourselves. What is our true nature? Does our true nature ever change?

Week 3

How to avoid being overwhelmed by the world. Reflection and contemplation

Week 4

Our communication and interaction with others.. Dialectic and the Socratic method.

Week 5

Love. What is it and what is it not? How to walk in the ways of love.

Week 6

Socrates’ greatest fear. Thinking you know when you do not know and how to avoid this dangerous error.

Week 7

The Socratic virtues. Wisdom, justice, sound-mindedness, and courage as the key to true success.

Week 8

Do we live in a shadow world largely made up of our own imaginings? . If so how can we begin to experience reality?

Week 9

The three powers within us and their proper place and function..

Week 10

What was different and special about Socrates? . What can we learn from Socrates?

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