RUSSIAN STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THE HUMANITIES
RUSSIAN STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THE HUMANITIES
Tales and folklore studied through the prism of Platonism.
05.06.2020

Tales and folklore studied through the prism of Platonism.

A two-day online conference was held at RSUH organized jointly by the Plato Research Center of RSUH and the Platonic Philosophical Society.

 The conference "Plato and Tales" was dedicated to the study of Platonism in folklore and literature.

According to the organizers of the conference, “Platonism is not only the teachings of Plato. Additionally, it, according to Pavel Florensky, is “the eternal element of the human soul”, “living symbols of internal movements”.

Both academic and independent researchers participated in the conference, discussing Platonic archetypes as reflected in folklore and literature.

The conference was opened by a presentation of Dr. Irina Protopopova, Head of the Plato Research Center of RSUH “Plato and Vasilisa the Beautiful”, in which it was suggested that the archetypes of fairy tales could be considered “platonic” schemes of the process of self-knowledge.

Other presentations treated platonic schemes, images and themes in science fiction, Shakespeare and Michelangelo Buonarotti, the stories of Sergei Raevsky (Durilin), the tales of Carroll, etc. The short story about Cupid and Psyche from the “Golden Ass” of Apuleius was presented as an example of an alchemical tale.

The second day of the conference opened with a presentation  on solar symbolism in Platonism, Christianity and Russian folklore. There were also talks on ancient and Byzantine archetypes in the tale “The Wizard of the Emerald City”, platonic models in the fables of Skovoroda, in Pushkin’s “Mozart and Salieri”, on Plato’s “Laws” and “Gargantua and Pantagruel» by Francois Rabelais. In the context of the philosophy of Plato, the fairy tale "Teremok" was considered.

  tale “The Wizard of the Emerald City”, platonic models in the fables of Skovoroda, in Pushkin’s “Mozart and Salieri”, on Plato’s “Laws” and “Gargantua and Pantagruel» by Francois Rabelais. In the context of the philosophy of Plato, the fairy tale "Teremok" was considered.