Argue like Socrates

16 May 2016

The Socratic Discussion Group is back at the Hellenic Museum for 2016 with the first event to be held on Tuesday 24 May, to be followed by sessions on the last Tuesday of each month to September. The first topic to be argued in the discussion group will be "What is novelty and how important is it?".

Facilitated by Dr Christopher Gribbin, University of Melbourne, the Socratic Discussion Group is a chance for people to come together and have a conversation in the style of the ancient philosopher Socrates.  It is a unique and stimulating experience that helps you think about contemporary issues in a different way and to have a conversation where you can really hear what the other person has to say. 

Discussions are guided using a version of Socrates’ method. This method helps you to have a focused conversation, to understand different perspectives and to think about issues in new ways. It also ensures that everyone has a chance to participate and that the night is thought-provoking as well as entertaining. Anyone is welcome to take part, no background in philosophy or Socratic argument is required.

This year, the Socratic Discussion Group will be held in the Henson Room – a gallery that houses the installation ONEIROI. ONEIROI is a photographic series by Australian artist Bill Henson. Nine portraits in the collection incorporate priceless treasures from the Hellenic Museum’s award winning Benaki collection, Gods, Myths & Mortals.

Dates for the Socratic Discussion Group in 2016 are: Tuesday 24 May; Tuesday 28 June; Tuesday 26 July; Tuesday 30 August; and Tuesday 27 September. If you have any questions, you can contact Christopher on or call the Hellenic Museum on 8615 9016.

Each Socratic Discussion Group starts at 7pm and finishes at 8:30pm.  $10 entry and includes drinks and snacks.