New Acropolis Events

Events
Past Events
Talk
Fri 25th January at 7pm
The Philosophy of Upcycling
- Barley Massey
‘Upcycling’ is the art of transforming old or waste items/materials into something new, adding value through creativity and design. Items are redirected from landfill, extending their life, creating new purposes and stories in the process. This lively and practical talk will connect this modern-day practice of upcycling to timeless philosophical ideas of transformation and alchemy. If you are so inspired by the talk that you would like to put your ideas into practice, you can book one of several workshops with Barley Massey, the speaker and the owner of Fabrications in Broadway Market. Stitch a simple embroidered denim patch that you can add to an item of clothing at home to embellish or repair a hole. This activity is inspired by the Japanese mending techniques of ‘Sashiko’ & ‘Boro’, a source of inspiration included in the talk.
Friday, 25th January at 7:00PM
 
Short Course
Tue 5th, Tue 12th, Tue 19th and Tue 26th February at 7pm
The Power of Myth II: 4-week course

Over thousands of years, myths have helped human beings to understand aspects of life that the rational mind finds difficult to grasp (love, death, mystery...). Great philosophers like Plato have used myths and fables to explain their key concepts. Still today, we find the archetypal patterns of myth in books like Lord of the Rings or films like Star Wars.
This 4-week course (4 evenings over a month) will introduce you to the archetypal structure of mythology and its important role in promoting our spiritual and psychological well-being.

Topics of the 4 evenings

  1. Myths, Symbols and Rituals as means of access to the Sacred and as tools for understanding and facing the trials of life.
  2. The Kalevala (meaning Land of Heroes) is a Finnish national epic compiled from ancient oral sources and a rich source for gaining a deeper understanding of religion, magic and shamanism. The Kalevala (meaning Land of Heroes) is a Finnish national epic compiled from ancient oral sources and a rich source for gaining a deeper understanding of religion, magic and shamanism.
    This section of the course will seek to draw parallels between the myths and symbols of the Kalevala and other traditions, and unravel their meanings and significance for our lives today.
  3. ‘Lógos’: The Myth Beyond the Language. A performance by The Temple London Theatre Company, adapted from Norse and Greek mythology. According to legend, the mistresses of destiny can unveil the past, the present and the future of the world. The humans can’t comprehend all their secrets until someone interprets them. There will be an introduction to the mythological material presented and a discussion afterwards.
  4. The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered to be the oldest story in the world, dating back as far as four thousand years. This talk aims to explore the myth from a philosophical perspective, dealing with topics such as the duality in human nature, the quest for immortality and the call to adventure.
 
Introductory Course
Wed 6th February and Tue 5th March at 7pm
Discover Philosophy
Philosophies of East and West

Philosophy means love of wisdom (philo-sophia) and is an active attitude of awareness towards life. In this sense, we are all born philosophers, with an innate need to ask questions and with the intuition that there are answers to be found. And yet, most of us have little knowledge of philosophy. We have never had the chance to learn about the vast heritage of ideas that have sustained, inspired and guided humanity throughout history.

This 16-week course will introduce you to the major systems of thought of East and West. They are arranged under three subject headings: Ethics, Sociopolitics and Philosophy of History.

Course Content

Understanding yourself
Introduction to Ethics. Major concepts of the philosophies of India, Tibet, Ancient Egypt and Neoplatonism

Living together in harmony with others
Introduction to Sociopolitics
Major concepts of the philosophies of Confucius, Plato and the Stoics

Being part of something greater
Introduction to Philosophy of History
Microcosm and Macrocosm
The cosmovision of traditional societies

First introductory evening FREE. Price for the whole course £190 (£130 concessions), handouts included.
 
Short Course
Sun 10th, Sun 17th and Sun 24th March from 4pm to 7pm
3-week course: Plato and the pursuit of truth
Three afternoons on the Platonic ways of truth-seeking
- Tim Addey
Drama as an instrument of truth

Plato's dialogues have challenged readers to explore questions of truth and reality for the last 2,400 years: during that time humankind's view of truth and the universe we inhabit has undergone many changes – but Plato's philosophy remains alive with his profound questions.

For many specialists in Platonic philosophy the arrangements of logical questioning in the speeches of the characters of the dialogues constitute the whole of his approach to philosophy: but is this really the case? We need to ask why Plato wrote dramatic dialogues rather than straight-forward treatises, and why the philosophical questions are shaped by his drama rather than by the themes he explores.

In the first of three Sunday afternoons on Plato's approach to truth-seeking, we aim to explore the insights that the dramatic action brings to the dialogues. We will spend an hour looking at some of the most powerful dramatic moments in the Platonic body of work and, after a short break, open up the meeting to a discussion about the ideas we can see emerging from this approach.

Story-telling as an instrument of truth
"Be as children, and listen" – Plato, in The Statesman

In the second of three Sunday afternoons on Plato's approach to truth-seeking, we aim to explore some of the stories his characters tell during the dialogues. What does story-telling add to the rational arguments from which they arise? What advantage is there in myth and story to compensate for the loss of precision when dialogues move from dialectical argument to the strange tales Plato has his speakers relate?

We will spend an hour looking at examples of his stories, and the way they are embedded in the dialogues; after a short break we will open up the meeting to a discussion about this way of philosophizing, and what it adds to the rational element of the dialogue.

Dialectic as an instrument of truth

In the third of three Sunday afternoons on Plato's approach to truth-seeking, we aim to explore the different ways in which careful questioning allows hidden truths to emerge from common opinions, and half-formed thoughts or from conflicting positions and unexamined assumptions. We will also look at the way Socrates in particular approaches different characters with appropriate strategies – for his is a more subtle art than many realise.

We will spend an hour looking at various passages of the dialogues, selected to illustrate particular approaches and after a short break, open up the meeting to a discussion about this form of philosophy.