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Philosophy for Life: The (In)Justice of Plato

Stop me if you've heard this one.  An Athenian, a Spartan and a Cretan walk into Hades....   The Laws, while ostensibly about the creation of a perfect city, like Plato's other dialogues, it is also about the desire for wisdom,... Continue Reading →

 Iphigenia: Feminist Freedom Fighter of Ancient Greece

Someday I might ask you for advice.  There will be some circumstance that I can't really change but I will want a work around.  Inevitably,  you will give me sound counsel - telling me to bend my will to necessity.... Continue Reading →

The Temptation of Freedom: Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Postscript

Running thematically throughout Shakespeare's The Tempest is the desire for freedom and how this desire might be incorporated into a just and stable political community. Ariel, Caliban, and even Miranda, for instance, all seek in their own ways to be... Continue Reading →

Mastering Freedom: Masters of Sex and American Regime

Last week, the good people, or good person, Joseph Parry, at Rowman and Littlefield asked if I would guest blog for them about a current television series. Here's what I had to say about Showtime's Masters of Sex. (Check out the... Continue Reading →

Smelly Dogs and Lost Highways

Before there was glorious Tim, there was sweet Jake.  Jake wasn't as big as Tim or as goofy, but he persevered- training with me for marathons, fighting off two pit bulls and then two German shepherds, even surviving the attack... Continue Reading →

Remind me again of why I love you…

From the Greek, philosophy means the love of or desire for wisdom.   So when you think about it, philosophy is a pretty romantic gig. Like dating someone you actually like and want to know better. Except in this instance,... Continue Reading →

Self Awareness for Self-Worth: Why I am not The Trampoline Queen

The purpose or telos of human existence according to Hegel is self-consciousness.  When someone is fully self-conscious the things that she thinks she knows are actually true.  In other words, when self-conscious or self-aware my perception of the world and, more... Continue Reading →

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