A Proposal for North Texas

Is there any interest in founding a study group or even a school of Platonic Philosophy in the Dallas/Ft Worth Area?

We're not seeking a curriculum in the Kabbalah and the Tarot, however noble these may be. But the studies envisioned within a traditional Platonist circle has its focus on the older Academic Tradition, a course feed on the great Dialogues of our divine Plato, on a study of the Old Academy and especially the so-called "Middle" and "Late" Platonists, taking inspiration and insights from those great philosophic saints of Antiquity.

We do not envision any "fraternities" or "grand masters" or anything artificially regal. All we seek is reading the dialogues of Plato and the works of ancient Platonists like Maximus, Alcinous, Apuleius, Plotinus, Proclus, Damascius, even Pseudo-Dionysius or Ficino or modern writers like Schindler or Perl who seems to understand Platonism better than most.

As Platonists, we recognize the importance of humility, and patience, and the continuing practice of research and realising the depth of truly unknowing (hyperagnosia) the truth. As Lloyd Gerson has demonstrated in his recent works, there cannot be a definitive dogma or definition to Platonism. Rather, Platonism is a rich field of communal research and individual struggle, not dogma or certification.

The criteria we as a group might seek for our members is that their focus is (1) on Plato and the Ancient Platonic Tradition, and (2) on how to apply that great timeless teaching to the issues of the current age, given all the developments that have occurred over the centuries in the disciplines of theology, religion, philosophy, psychology, biology, ecology, astronomy, astrology, quantum mechanics, &c.

If you live in North Texas and are interested in such a project, please contact Alexander Sÿ at agathoeides at yahoo.com.




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