Category Archives: Plato

Plato is not impressed

One of the more interesting discussions I had with my class this week concerned a little quote I pulled from somewhere in Plato’s Republic: Human affairs aren’t worth taking very seriously. The quote is classic Plato, or at least it … Continue reading

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The excellence of blackberries, the mediocrity of tomatoes

In my little corner of Northern Virginia, blackberries are beginning to come into season. This is not a useful post where I tell you where the good spots to pick them are located. I don’t write those kind of posts; … Continue reading

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How to annoy Sophists: two simple ways

“You have no rational evidence for your beliefs.” Such an assertion is not likely to be the beginning of a fruitful discussion. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind disagreement. In fact, I would submit that it is hard … Continue reading

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Taking Sleep Seriously

Just when you think Western Civilization has enough problems, along comes someone to give you yet another reason to be worried. The time around our prophet of doom is Professor Charles A. Czeisler from Harvard Medical School, who informs us … Continue reading

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Why We Love Dogs: An Old Thought From Plato

But I will begin with Nietzsche instead, who famously liked to look for the hidden motivations behind our behaviors. For example, in a poignant passage early in On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, Nietzsche speculates that we … Continue reading

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Christian Instincts

In his early work On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche has the rather uncommon worry that people can learn too much, that too much knowledge is a bad thing. According to Nietzsche, through … Continue reading

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Plato’s Noble Lie and the Dr. Kermit Gosnell trial

For the past three years I have accompanied my first-year philosophy students from The Catholic University of America on an excursion to the Newseum here in DC. And for the past three years I have posed the following question to … Continue reading

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