Socratic Discussion Group

Back again for 2016 starting Tuesday 24 May

A Socratic Discussion Group explores contemporary issues in an entertaining and thought-provoking way, inspired by the ancient philosopher Socrates. The Hellenic Museum hosts its own Socratic Discussion Group. Starting on Tuesday 24 May, 2016, the discussion group will take place for every last Tuesday of the month until September. 

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.

When: from 6:30 – 8.00 pm on the last Tuesday of each month *apart from May, the event will be held on Tuesday 24 May
Where: at the Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne
How much: $10 per person
To book: Email Christopher on or call the Hellenic Museum on (03) 8615 9016 or email

Who takes part in a Socratic Discussion Group?

Anyone can join in. You don't need any background in philosophy or Socratic method - just an open mind and a willingness to give it a try.

What is discussed?

Topics vary every month, and can be related to current affairs or day-to-day life. Past topics have ranged from when war is justified to the importance of love in our lives.

Dates for 2016

Tuesday 24 May

Tuesday 28 June

Tuesday 26 July

Tuesday 30 August

Tuesday 20 September

Light refreshments will be provided on the night.

Who runs the group?

The group will be led by Dr Christopher Gribbin. Christopher is a fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he hosts the Classics Summer School each year. He has taught at Melbourne, Monash and La Trobe universities. He has a passion for ancient philosophy, religion and myth and what they can teach us in the twenty-first century.

Other questions?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Christopher on