No exploration into wisdom and self-knowledge would be complete without reference to Plato, whose dialogues were written in the 4th Century BC and are still available intact. He covered a vast range of subjects, and everything he wrote has a remarkable relevance to our modern world. No matter the subject we will find in Plato remarkable insight and wisdom to guide and develop our thinking.
The School worldwide has spent many years exploring the works of Plato, and a member of the School in Ireland has undertaken to provide a new translation of the complete work. Dr David Horan is due to publish the new translation on-line in 2020, with a fully revised printed edition due in 2022.
Following the vein of Plato, the School also studies the works of Plotinus, and more broadly the Renaissance; in particular the works of Marsilio Ficino whose letters the schools of philosophy around the world have translated into English. These letters are a fitting companion to Plato because they, too, show life as the active and practical aspect of philosophy’s rational inquiry and inner contemplation.