Socrates – A Philosopher’s Life and Thoughts WEA Sydney

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Socrates was one of the most important figures in history. He took philosophy to the streets and sought to educate the Athenians in humanism. His persistent message was that an "unexamined life" is not worthy living. With this message he influenced the ethics of Plato and Aristotle, Romans and Christianity. We will examine the question of "Who was the real Socrates"? He was the man who showed us the path to individual development as the foundation of a healthy society.

This is a Discussion Group course, if you aren’t already part of a group please see ‘Getting Started’ below.


Course Author: Caterina Pangallo

Course Code: D216

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 6 units / $78 per person



Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.