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Who is Socrates?

Who is Socrates? THE PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND Understanding the ideas that have shaped our world view. By Richard Tarnas Narrated by Jason Youngman  

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What is Neoplatonism

Platonic thought has flowed into many directions over the centuries and many have experienced it in different ways. Its flavour has been altered through the dramatic unfolding of the western mind and yet continues to inspire those who absorb its rays. Click … Continue reading

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DIALECTIC – AS A MEANS FOR SELF-TRANSFORMATION

(Click on the image above to watch intro video 3.5 mins) “In Plato’s time, dialectics was a debating technique subject to precise rules. A “thesis” was proposed-an interrogative proposition such as: Can virtue be taught? One of the two interlocutors … Continue reading

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Dialectic – The Most Precious Part of Philosophy

  According to Plotinus the dialectic aids the philosopher in raising their soul to the Intellectual Realm (the Divine or Noetic Mind). Let’s compare a passage (which partly defines the dialectic) from 4 different translations so as to locate in particular what they … Continue reading

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ON VIRTUE – True liberty is about ascending our corrupted state

The Enneads of Plotinus – Commentary on Ennead I – Tractate 2 – On Virtue ‘Being so caught up in the Particular, we are prevented from recognising that which is Universal.  To understand the problem in modern terms: we each … Continue reading

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Enneads of Plotinus – The Animate and the Human Being

(Click on the image above to watch video) Know thyself: these were the two words inscribed on the entrance to the Oracle of Delphi. Philosophia begins with this injunction—and so Plotinus begins where we all must necessarily begin: with oneself. To … Continue reading

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Commentary on the Enneads of Plotinus

(Click on the image above to access intro video) Join us for a chapter-by-chapter commentary on The Enneads of Plotinus. But first things first, we must seek to understand the philosophical foundation of this work.  Plotinus inquires into the nature … Continue reading

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Platonic Dialogues – ALCIBIADES [Plato] – Part 4

(Click on the image above to view Alcibiades [Plato] – Part 4) For generations this platonic dialog was spoken aloud in classrooms and used as an introductory to philosophy. It is my honor to participate in this tradition and to … Continue reading

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Alcibiades [Plato] – Part 2

(Click on the image to view video) Alcibiades Plato – Complete Works (Hackett 1997) Translated by D. S. Hutchinson Edited by Cooper and Hutchinson Adapted & narrated by Jason Youngman Click here to view playlist titled Platonic Dialogues. JY . . … Continue reading

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Alcibiades [Plato]

  “This dialogue is the beginning of all philosophy, as indeed is the knowledge of ourselves; and for this reason scattered throughout it is the exposition of many logical theorems, the elucidation of many points of ethics and such matters … Continue reading

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