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Plato and Penelope: The Politics of Weaving

Homer's Iliad, which tells the story of the Trojan war, reveals in clarity the devastation of a world at war. Having come to Troy to avenge the abduction or seduction of the Menelaus's wife, Helen, and to reassert the principles... Continue Reading →

(Not) Just Another Word: Freedom and John Locke

Locke's Second Treatise on Government is famously cited as providing the philosophic foundations of the liberal democratic world. Arguing against the right of of absolute monarchs, Locke says that if we imagine how we might have existed in an original... Continue Reading →

In Hope, Joy and Love: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

If asked what they think about Shakespear's play Hamlet most people have strong feelings - they either love the dark, brooding and philosophically searching main character or they hate what they take to be Hamlet's angst-ridden indecisiveness.  By way of... Continue Reading →

How to be Good: Plato and the Purpose of The Laws

Sometimes my dog Tim does things that he shouldn't.  Like the time he ate the right shoe of two different pairs. Or when he jumped up and broke the ceiling fan. Or when, just prior to Thanksgiving dinner, he lunged... Continue Reading →

Losing Yourelf in Love: A Method for Self-Knowledge

 The novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper is a story about both losing and recollecting yourself in the love and life of another. Set 60 odd years after the Second World War, the novel is primarily... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Alternative Facts: Plato’s Alcibiades

The image we get from Plato's dialogues of his teacher, Socrates, is strange and often startling. He wanders around Athens speaking to everyone, bothering most people, rarely taking the hint. He is generally barefoot and goes without bathing such that... Continue Reading →

Like a Detective: How to Read and David Adams Richards’s “Principles to Live By.”

Once while at university, I got an essay back from a professor that I was particularly pleased with.  So pleased, that I can't even remember what the thing was about.  But I do remember that the grade was not what... Continue Reading →

The Tempest of My Heart: Shakespeare and Home Renovations

I am not a patient person. I hate waiting. I hate the wasted time involved in running errands. Relaxing is not a skill I desire nor one which I posses. Patience is no virtue. And whoever said that was a... Continue Reading →

Dark Horses Of the Soul: Beauty, Plato, and, of course, Christmas

I have a confession.  Last week I went to Home Depot with my partner to get some practical thing like garbage bags, and I had a long moment (20 in fact) with the Christmas lights display.  I had a number... Continue Reading →

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