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Who is Socrates?

 

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The Roots of Platonic Thought

Providing a little background to better understand our western roots in Platonism [Spirituality] and our soul’s longing to know its true self through the ground of being. THE PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND (Understanding the ideas that have shaped our … Continue reading

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Platonic Dialogue – For the modern day soul.

Here resides the beginning & end of platonic dialogue. This is philosophy for the everyday person. The trial and death of Socrates is one of the most cherished stories within the western world. It is a classic that remains forever … Continue reading

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Our Guardian Spirit

As children our Guardian Spirit is very real to us but as we become more rigid and cynical in our view of the world we pass off our Daemon as mere superstition. Plato himself approaches such topics through the medium … Continue reading

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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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ON WELL BEING – Rooted in the Good Itself

In this tractate Plotinus presents how we are to live well and reach our true good. Despite the present & more popular notion of living well, which has come to be associated with power & wealth, he takes the higher … Continue reading

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EUDAIMONIA – THE ART OF LETTING GO

Eudaimonia is often translated as happiness or well-being. The name itself suggests a spiritual component or orientation. My new year’s resolution for 2016 is to ask as many people as possible what they believe to be the common element of … 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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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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