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What are Words Worth: Plato’s Crito

Imagine a friend you have had since childhood has been tried, convicted, and now will be executed for a crime he did not commit. Now imagine that you have the means for him to escape and can provide a safe... Continue Reading →

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Dionysus: A Libation for Wisdom

Dionysus is a strange god - one whose powers we recall in that moment when we realize that we have drank exactly too much, and who we recollect again the next day when we think in horror about what happened... Continue Reading →

Plato’s Symposium: My Wisdom is … a Shadow in a Dream

In the middle of Plato's dialogue the¬†Symposium, Aristophanes follows several others, all of whom have been tasked with giving speeches on love or eros.¬† Aristophanes prefaces his speech, once his hiccups have subsided, by saying that he will speak in... Continue Reading →

In Awe of Art: Plato and Poetry

In the Republic, Plato argues that an education in poetry or art more broadly understood is essential to the education of children. In one of my favourite passages, he says that we must "seek out craftsmen who are by nature... Continue Reading →

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