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Democracy and Civic Education: A Question of Justice

The story of The Nicomachean Ethics appears too good to be true. Aristotle has discovered, it seems, the path to happiness.  The only catch: attaining the prize requires a great deal of hard work. Happiness, he tells us, depends on achieving a fair... Continue Reading →

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Aristotle wrote You a Valentine

In Aristotle’s Ethics, he sketches a pathway for our happiness. On the surface it seems quite arduous - a list of moral do’s and don’ts that could send anyone into a state crippling anxiety. A closer look, however, reveals an... Continue Reading →

Plato’s Theatetus: Becoming for Each Other

Left to my own devices at lunch time, I set a spoon on fire while making soup. Rather than panicking, I efficiently dunked the spoon in the soup and stirred. And now I have a master chef tip for improving... Continue Reading →

Barking for Beans: How to Be A Better Person

My dog, Tim, has the bad habit of barking whenever he goes outside. It doesn't really even matter if there is something to bark at. He just has to announce, rather loudly, his presence in the world.  To get his... Continue Reading →

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