Academic scholars at Rydal Penrhos explored the origin of philosophy as part of their latest seminar.
The sessions, which began during the last academic year, have been implemented at the school with a view to enhancing the learning experiences of those who have been awarded academic scholarships.
The seminar, which took place on Wednesday, September 20, was taken by the Reverend Nick Sissons, Chaplain at Rydal Penrhos and explored Plato's famous story of the Cave, which stands as one of the earliest philosophical explanations of the nature of reality.
They thought about how reliable our senses are and whether we can gain true knowledge by using them, before contrasting those who, like Plato, think knowledge can only be grasped by the mind and those, like Aristotle, who believe you have to go out and observe the world and conduct experiments.
One of the challenges for the pupils was to be ready to question received wisdom and to think things through for themselves.
The session concluded by examining the meaning behind one of Plato’s famous quotes:
“The philosopher is in love with truth, that is, not with the changing world of our senses, which is the object of opinion, but with the unchanging reality which is the object of knowledge.”
Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.
He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition.