I Have Ears

I Have Ears

“It appears, I said, that as the eyes are designed to look up at the stars, so are the ears to hear harmonious motions…” Socrates in Plato’s Republic They normally escape notice in my morning glance in the mirror. Face shaved, hair (the increasingly lonely hold-outs)...
Inexperienced in Pleasure

Inexperienced in Pleasure

“They are inexperienced in pleasure and so are deceived when they compare pain to painlessness, just as they would be if they compared black to grey without having experienced white.” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic It is hard to imagine what it would be like never to...
Taking Care of Things

Taking Care of Things

“Come, then, let’s consider this: Is there some function of a soul that you couldn’t perform with anything else, for example, taking care of things, ruling, deliberating, and the like? Is there anything other than a soul to which you could rightly assign these..?”...
Summer Reading is for Everyone

Summer Reading is for Everyone

“Then shall we carelessly allow the children to hear any old stories…?” Plato, Republic Summer is a time for stories. There is a great tradition of taking stories seriously, even, and sometimes especially, ‘non-serious’ or leisure reading. Stories are food for the...
Being Free from Jealousy

Being Free from Jealousy

“Let me tell you then why the creator made this world of generation. He was good, and the good can never have any jealousy of anything. And being free from jealousy, he desired that all things should be as like himself as they could be. This is in the truest sense the...

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