Lectures and Presenters

Lecture 13:

The True Spirit of Enquiry

The True Spirit of Socrates

By David Horan

To discover what is true and good, we need a spirit of enquiry, a willingness to live truthfully, and the guidance of wise men and women whose lives exemplify the love of truth.

This lecture is for those willing to challenge their own established ideas and to dare to discover the unifying principles that underpin human existence.

The lecture will be followed by time for questions, and the evening will conclude with a glass of wine in the Erasmus Primary School grounds.

About the Presenter

David Horan is a senior member of the Dublin School of Philosophy and in conjunction with Irish universities he has organized the public “Day With Plato” event since 1987, introducing thousands to the works of Plato.

He has produced film versions of three of Plato’s dialogues and live dramatisations of numerous others. David has run Plato Study Weeks since 2004 in Ireland, Italy and Melbourne and has lectured extensively on the dialogues in England, Holland, New York and Johannesburg.

He has been conducting group tours to Greece since 1996, combining the study of Plato with visits to the sites of the ancient world. He has led three 2 week seminars on various dialogues in Delphi, Greece.

He is currently producing a new translation of the Complete Dialogues of Plato. This work is being undertaken at the Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition in Trinity College, Dublin.

Past Feedback

“I really enjoyed the style of the presenter, easy to listen to with clear diction.”

“I was invigorated, stimulated and it re-ignited a desire to pursue, to enquire further.”

Past Lectures

Lecture 1:

Mindfulness

The first of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Mindfulness: Science, Practice & Philosophy, was presented by Dr Craig Hassed.

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Lecture 2:

Shakespeare's Sonnets

The second of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Shakespeare's Sonnets: When in Disgrace with Forturne and Men's Eyes, was presented by Stewart Morritt and Andrew Blackman.

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Lecture 3:

From Heaven to Earth

The third of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled From Heaven to Earth: Plato's Philosophy and the World We Live In, was presented by David Horan.

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Lecture 4:

The Essence of Health

The fourth of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled The Essence of Health: The Seven Pillars of Wellbeing, was presented by Dr Craig Hassed.

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Lecture 5:

Practical Philosophy and the Economic Crisis

The fifth of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Practical Philosophy and the Economic Crisis, was presented by Dr John Tippet.

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Lecture 6:

Plato's Five Forms of Government

The sixth of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Plato's Five Forms of Government, was presented by David Horan.

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Lecture 7:

Philosophy & Certainty

The seventh of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Philosophy & Certainty, was presented by David Horan.

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Lecture 8:

Direct Experience of Reality

The eight of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Direct Experience of Reality, was presented by David Horan.

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Lecture 9:

Philosophy and Parenting

The ninth of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Philosophy and Parenting, was presented by Shane Mulhall.

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Lecture 10:

Philosophy and Economics

The tenth of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Philosophy and Economics, was presented by John Tippett.

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Lecture 11:

Socrates’ Swan

The eleventh of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Socrates’ Swan, was presented by David Horan.

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Lecture 12:

Socrates

The twelfth of the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures, entitled Socrates, was presented by David Horan.

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David Horan

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