School of Philosophy & Economic Science

Plato

Discover for yourself this great genius

In Plato’s dialogues philosophy becomes alive and dramatic. The great issues which faced mankind two thousand years ago and which still face us today are discussed and argued with enthusiasm and urgency which can be appreciated by anyone who reads Plato. Socrates, the central character of Plato’s dialogues was a philosopher who lived in Athens in the 4th century B.C. as the city went into decline and political and civil strife reigned. Plato in his dialogues shows us a Socrates who engages in philosophy through ordinary conversation based upon love of truth and a genuine spirit of enquiry. Discover the profundity and practicality of this approach to philosophy.


This term there are two dialogues available suitable to those new to Plato or who have done some previous study. Plato's Phaedo on Mondays or Wednesdays 7:30pm and Plato's Republic Book 8 on Thursdays 7:30pm. All starting week of Sep 18th for 10 weeks online via zoom, each class is 75 minutes.

Along with above there are some more established groups who meet on a weekly basis. There are two yearly events, Plato week in August and Day with Plato in February and from time to time some standalone Plato inspired talks, further details below or contact info@practicalphilosophy.ie .

The Dialogues of Plato  - A New Translation by David Horan

The Dialogues of Plato - A New Translation by David Horan

The website linked below exhibits the fruits of a project, commenced in 2008, to translate the complete works of Plato from the original Greek into English.

The Foundation for Platonic Studies

Plato Dialogues Summer Term

Part CHA, Plato:

Charmides
€50/£

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Part REP10, Plato:

Republic Book 10
€50/£

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Saturday Mornings with Plato

Saturday Mornings with Plato

This is an established group meeting online on Saturday morning at 10am. The group is suitable for those who have done some previous study of Plato. The study this term is Plato's Philebus.

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What is Dialectic or the Socratic Method?

What is Dialectic or the Socratic Method?

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Plato Talks

Plato Talks

Recordings of Plato related talks can be accessed here

Recordings