This is a Socrates lecture on the portico to the Platonic corpus. It is also a discussion with several very informed professors from Harvard and Boston College who participated in this series.

It teaches Plato while teaching how to teach Plato: in fact, it is a first philosophy kit or map to the hidden treasures of the philosophic way of life, and the questions which animate it. Bloom explains here while showing what exactly is the authentic philosophic instinct. It’s an invaluable lecture for those who can learn how to listen and think. It is above all for the “happy few” among the young who, in this age of unspeakable shallowness and pretension, long to know something and be something worthwhile.