Plato’s Symposium: The Tragedy and Comedy of Life

The Independent School of Philosophy

This course is an introduction to Plato through his most dramatic or poetic text. Plato became the founding author of the philosophical and scientific traditions which have shaped the thought of the last two and a half millennia because he showed the emergence of those disciplines from ordinary human experience. To depict ordinary experience requires the selection and intensification of a poet: even as he argues that philosophy is the best way of life, Plato provides us not only with arguments, but with paradigms of human excellence and baseness designed to elicit our longing.


TIME: 4-6pm

DAY: Saturdays

DATES: 9 March to 11 May (excl. 30 Mar) (9 sessions)

LOCATION: Kathleen Syme Library and Online (via Zoom)