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Plato Project #5: First Alcibiades

  [Up next: Greater Hippias] “Alcibiades” is a byword for a certain kind of decadent and ostentatious public figure, one who is attractive, ambitious, courts scandal, and is self-involved.  It was with this archetype that I was most acquainted.  I think in … Continue reading

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Plato Project #4: Euthyphro

[Up next: “First Alcibiades”] “Euthyphro” is the third and final full Socratic text I’ve spent some time teaching (I’ve also excerpted the analogy of the cave, and the Meno sequence where Socrates teaches a slave-boy geometry, which we’ll come to in good … Continue reading

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Plato Project #2: Charmides

  [Next Week – Crito] I’d never read “Charmides” before, so I’ll just share my first impressions. The first and most striking feature of this dialogue, for me anyway, is that it’s narrated in the first person, by Socrates himself.  I … Continue reading

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Plato Project #1: The Apology of Socrates

  “How you, O Athenians, have been affected by my accusers, I cannot tell; but I know that they almost made me forget who I was-so persuasively did they speak; and yet they have hardly uttered a word of truth.” … Continue reading

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The Rings of Saturn and the Harmony of the Spheres

“And there, in the middle of the light, they saw stretching from the heavens the ends of its bonds—for this light is what binds the heavens, like the cables underneath a trireme, thus holding the entire revolving thing together. From … Continue reading

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David Foster Wallace’s Inferno

When reviewing the Celebrity Cruise promotional material early on, David Foster Wallace revealingly drops a name – “Sharing a laugh with your friends’ in the lounge after dinner, you glance at your watch and mention that it’s almost showtime …. When the curtain … Continue reading

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