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The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism

 

Each term, the Centre hosts various reading seminars devoted to Platonic themes and Authors. See below for both present and past reading groups:

Ongoing Reading Seminars
 
Michaelmas 2023:
  • Plotinus: Ennead III.6 (26), 'On the Impassivity of Things without Body'.
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Previous Reading Seminars

Lent 2023:

  • Plotinus: Ennead VI.7 (38), 'The Forms and the Good'.

Easter 2021:

  • Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite: Divine Names

Lent 2021:

  • Iamblichus: De Mysteriis

Michaelmas 2020:

  • Proclus: The Elements of Theology

Easter 2020:

  • Plotinus: Ennead II.9 (33), 'Against the Gnostics'.

Lent 2020:

  • Plotinus: Ennead IV.7 (2), 'On the Immortality of Soul'.

Michaelmas 2019:

  • Plotinus: Ennead V.5 (32), 'That the Intelligibles are not Outside the Intellect, and On the Good'.

Lent 2019:

  • Plotinus: Ennead III.2-3 (47), 'On Providence', & III.4 (15), 'On Our Allotted Guardian Spirit' - Thursdays 11.00-12.30, starting 17 January.
  • Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion - Wednesdays 11.00-12.30, Room 4.
  • Levinas: Autrement qu’être ou au-delà de l’essence/Otherwise than Being, or Beyond Essence (1974) - Tuesday, 14:00-15:30, Room 4, starting January 23.
  • Eriugena: Periphyseon III - Tuesdays 11.00-12.30, Room 4, starting 15 January. 

Michaelmas 2018:

  • Plotinus: Ennead III.2 (47), 'On Providence'.
  • Schelling: The Ages of the World (Weltalter, 1815).
  • Kant: Transition from the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural 
  • Science to Physics.
  • Eriugena: Periphyseon II on Trinitarian processions & Primordial causes.

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On Friday 24 th May, the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism will host a celebration of the work of Dr Margaret Barker. This event will take place in the Latimer Room, Clare College. A programme can be found here: mb_event_programme_for_circulation.pdf mb_event_programme_for_circulation.pdf

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