Weekly Reading Seminar

The weekly reading seminar goes back to the original founding of the Centre, and its aim is to bring together scholars and students to engage in close readings of core texts from Plato and the Platonic Tradition. Traditionally the text of choice in the first semester is a Platonic dialogue, and in the second semester it’s either another ancient text from the Platonic Tradition, or a modern philosophical text with Platonist influence. These seminars also feature regular presentations by participants on relevant secondary literature.

The Weekly Reading Seminar is currently focusing on Socrates’ second speech in the Phaedrus, and is meeting virtually, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on Wednesday mornings. If you would like to participate in the seminar please contact Dr Peter Larsen.

Past Reading Seminar Topics

Below is a list of the texts that have occupied us in the Reading Seminar over the past years.

2020-2021

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Lysis

Spring Semester – Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics Book VII and Cicero’s De Amicitia

2019-2020

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Philebus

Spring Semester – Plato’s Republic Books 8-9

2018-2019

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Statesman

Spring Semester – Plotinus’ Ennead VI.7

2017-2018

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Republic Books 5-6

Spring Semester – Proclus’ Elements of Theology

2016-2017

Autumn Semester – Plotinus’ Ennead VI.2

Spring Semester – Plotinus’ Ennead VI.2

2015-2016

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Seventh Letter

Spring Semester – Plato’s Laws Book 10

2014-2015

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Cratylus

Spring Semester – Parmenides’ Poem

2013-2014

Autumn Semester – Plotinus’ Ennead IV.6

Spring Semester – Plato and Scepticism

2012-2013

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Symposium

Spring Semester – Plato’s Symposium

2011-2012

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Timaeus

Spring Semester – Aristotle’s De Caelo

2010-2011

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Phaedrus

Spring Semester – Plotinus’ Ennead II.5

2009-2010

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Republic Book 10

Spring Semester – Berkeley’s Siris

2008-2009

Autumn Semester – Plato’s Hippias Major

Spring Semester – Plato’s Alcibiades I