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June 3rd, 2022 · No Comments

“Alcibiades. He was the Golden Boy of 4th century Athenian culture. Pericles was his guardian, Plato his teacher. A fine athlete, a brilliant general, handsome, marvelously intelligent, popular, everything. A summation of the Golden Age. And what happened? He went bad. He was vain, treacherous, selfish, sacrilegious, debauched, dishonest, and a traitor twice over. His […]

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May 6th, 2022 · No Comments

“Sophrosyne, which to the Greeks was an ideal second to none in importance, is not among our ideals. We have lost the conception of it. Enough is said about it in Greek literature for us to be able to describe it in some fashion, but we cannot give it a name. It was the spirit […]

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April 13th, 2022 · No Comments

“If there is no consciousness but only a dreamless sleep, death must be a marvelous gain. I suppose that if anyone were told to pick out the night on which he slept so soundly as not even to dream, and then to compare it with all the other nights and days of his life, and […]

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April 12th, 2022 · No Comments

“The difficulty is not so much to escape death; the real difficulty is to escape from doing wrong, which is far more fleet of foot.” – Plato, Socrates’ Defense (Apology) (trans. Hugh Tredennick) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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April 11th, 2022 · No Comments

“I do not think that it is right for a man to appeal to the jury or to get himself acquitted by doing so; he ought to inform them of the facts and convince them by argument. The jury does not sit to dispense justice as a favor, but to decide where justice lies, and […]

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April 10th, 2022 · No Comments

“The true champion of justice, if he intends to survive even for a short time, must necessarily confine himself to private life and leave politics alone.” – Plato, Socrates’ Defense (Apology) (trans. Hugh Tredennick) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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April 9th, 2022 · No Comments

“You are mistaken, my friend, if you think that a man who is worth anything ought to spend his time weighing up the prospects of life and death. He has only one thing to consider in performing any action—that is, whether he is acting rightly or wrongly, like a good man or a bad one.” […]

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One and the same

March 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“The God of Plato and Aristotle, of Plotinus and Augustine, of Aquinas and Bonaventure, of Newman and C. S. Lewis; the eternal immutable, infinite, ubiquitous, omnipotent, omniscient Supreme Being, Unmoved Mover, ens realissimum, whose existence is identical with His essence and who is without body, parts, or passions, is one of the sublimest achievements of […]

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The view from without the cave

January 21st, 2012 · No Comments

“Intellectual pioneers are rarely gregarious creatures. In their isolation they lose touch with those who follow the beaten paths, and when they return to the community they speak strangely of strange sights, so that few have the faith to follow them and change their trails into high roads.” — Morris R. Cohen, The Cambridge History […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Plato · The Cambridge History of English and American Literature

Prisons as deterrents

August 29th, 2011 · No Comments

“In punishing wrongdoers, no one concentrates on the fact that a man has done wrong in the past, or punishes him on that account, unless taking blind vengeance like a beast.  No, punishment is not inflicted by a rational man for the sake of the crime that has been committed–after all one cannot undo what […]

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This will be on the test

August 28th, 2011 · No Comments

“No one is angered by the thoughts which are believed to be due to nature or chance, nor do people rebuke or teach or punish those who exhibit them, in the hope of curing them; they simply pity them.  Who would be so foolish as to treat in that way the ugly or dwarfish or […]

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Tea, anyone?

August 26th, 2011 · No Comments

“The mass of people notice nothing, but simply echo what the leaders tell them.” — Plato, Protagoras (trans. Guthrie) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Equality, entropy, and justice

August 24th, 2011 · No Comments

“We mold the best and strongest among ourselves, catching them young like lion cubs, and by spells and incantations we make slaves of them, saying that they must be content with equality and that this is what is right and fair.  But if a man arises endowed with a nature sufficiently strong, he will, I […]

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Comin’ to life, stayin’ alive

August 18th, 2011 · No Comments

“Once upon a time, there existed gods but no mortal creatures.  When the appointed time came for these also to be born, the gods formed them within the earth out of a mixture of earth and fire and the substances which are compounded from earth and fire.  And when they were ready to bring them […]

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The role of standardized tests

August 15th, 2011 · No Comments

“All knowledge, when separated from justice and virtue, is seen to be cunning and not wisdom.” — Plato, Menexenus (trans. Jowett) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Probated

August 10th, 2011 · No Comments

“The honor of parents is a fair and noble treasure to their posterity, but to have the use of a treasure of wealth and honor, and to leave none to your successors, because you have neither money nor reputation of your own, is alike base and dishonorable.” — Plato, Menexenus (trans. Jowett) Share this… Facebook […]

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Self-contained as a nut

August 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“He whose happiness rests with himself, if possible, wholly, and if not, as far as possible, who is not hanging in suspense on other men, or changing with the vicissitude of their fortune, has his life ordered for the best.” — Plato, Menexenus (trans. Jowett) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Damfino

April 29th, 2011 · No Comments

“If  no pure knowledge is possible in the company of the body, then either it is totally impossible to acquire knowledge, or it is only possible after death, because it is only then that the soul will be separate and independent of the body.” — Plato, Phaedo (trans. Tredennick) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin […]

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Imagine that

April 27th, 2011 · No Comments

“Do you imagine that a city can continue to exist and not be turned upside down, if the legal judgments which are pronounced in it have no force but are nullified and destroyed by private persons?” — Plato, Crito (trans. Tredennick) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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De rerum natura

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments

“Art is imitation, not of things, but of the nature of things, and man is an imitator, not a creator.” — Huntington Cairns, The Collected Dialogues of Plato Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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A neo-Socratic method

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

“The best life is suspected, not examined.” — Kay Ryan, “Witness” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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