Category Archives: Ancient Greece

Is Doing Injustice Worse Than Suffering It?

There is a trend in today’s Plato scholarship that seems to want to find ways to make Socrates, the great opponent of sophistry, appear almost as sophistical and logically or existentially misleading as many of his opponents. One place this … Continue reading

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Greek Fatalism?

I used to think of the Greeks as fatalists, poor pitiable pagans who thought themselves living in a world where the vagaries of impersonal Fate often combined with the cruelty of brute power (either of nature or of the gods) … Continue reading

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Plato on Internet Convert Apologists

The applications are, I think, self-evident to all who know that scene. …isn’t it one lasting precaution not to let them taste arguments while they’re young? I don’t suppose that it has escaped your notice that, when young people get … Continue reading

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False Concepts of “the Good” Held By the Many

This was written almost twenty-five hundred years ago, and yet it seems quite relevant to today. For the things said to be good by the many are not correctly so described. It is said that the the best thing is … Continue reading

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Socrates on Modern American Political Rhetoric

Make your own applications. When many of them are sitting together in assemblies, courts, theaters, army camps, or in some other public gathering of the crowd, they object very loudly and excessively to some of the things that are said … Continue reading

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A Christian Answer to the Euthyphro Dilemma

The ethical dilemma set out in Plato’s dialogue Euthyphro is either that God loves something because it is good (thereby implying that the Good is something independent of God, to which God is Himself held accountable – an unacceptable option … Continue reading

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“Set Your Mind on Things Above”

In the Republic, Socrates says he…whose mind is fixed upon true being, has surely no time to look down upon the affairs of earth, or to be filled with malice and envy, contending against men; his eye is ever directed … Continue reading

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Political Pluralism / Polytheism

In a comment on Doug Wilson’s blog, a “Mister Ed” cited Gary North’s book The Myth of Pluralism in response to another commenter’s questions about the Founding Fathers in relation to contemporary American political thought. I haven’t read the North … Continue reading

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Platonic Love

“[Love] interprets,” [Diotima] replied, “between gods and men, conveying and taking across to the gods the prayers and sacrifices of men, and to men the commands and replies of the gods; he is the mediator who spans the chasm which … Continue reading

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Doctors for the State

This is simply fascinating. Plutarch describes both the Spartan reformer Lycurgus and the Roman revolutionist Julius Caesar with the term “physician.” Compare: Things being in this posture at his return, [Lycurgus] applied himself, without loss of time, to a thorough … Continue reading

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