Philosophy Salon: Plato

Plato was one of the world's earliest and possibly greatest philosophers. Born in Classical Greece approximately 428 BC, he is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy. Plato was the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He was devoted to making humanity more fulfilled, arguing that our lives should be dedicated to the pursuit of eudaimonia, a deep fulfilment that comes from living life wisely.

In this Philosophy Salon, we will be exploring three of Plato’s central ideas: Utopia, Reality & Appearance and The Good through some fundamental philosophical questions;

  • Is democracy a terrible way to run a state?
  • Is the world really as we perceive it?
  • What is a good life?
  • How should we act?

Join Philosopher Tim Dean in delving into the wisdom of Plato and how his ideas can be applied to create more fulfilment in our lives.


6.00 pm     Doors & The Clare Bar Bar Opens
7.00 pm     Welcome & Introduction
7.15 pm     Key Idea 1 & conversation
7.45 pm     Key Idea 2 & conversation
8.15 pm     Key Idea 3 & conversation
9.00 pm     Salon Concludes, Bar Open for Continued Conversation


'We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.'

– Plato


Tim med
Tim Dean is a philosopher and science writer. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on evolution and morality, and has an interest in ethics, the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and moral psychology. He is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award for his writing on philosophy in New PhilosopherAcuity MagazineCosmos, ABC's The Drum and on Channel 10's The Project

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About Philosophy Salons

Hosted by a current philosopher, Philosophy Salons actively explore one important philosopher and their ideas over a social night of wine & cheese. Philosophers selected over these evenings include a mix of thinkers from different periods, schools of thought, geographical locations and backgrounds. Participants will be presented with a biographical background of the philosopher, along with three of their most relevant and proking ideas and will be given opportunities throughout the night to then discuss these in small groups, making for an interactive and social evening.

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