Living an Examined Life

Living an Examined Life

“…the unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates in The Apology by Plato These words of Socrates are notoriously provocative. Perhaps they should provoke us. One implication of course is that an examined life is indeed worth living. But just what...
Three Years of Wednesday Quotes

Three Years of Wednesday Quotes

“I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day…” Socrates, The Apology Bacon from Acorns, “dedicated to the philosophy of household,” came to birth just over three years ago during my sabbatical from teaching....
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..?”...

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