Category Archives: Plato

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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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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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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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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Did Socrates Destroy the Greek Polis?

In the previous post, “Not What It’s Cracked Up to Be,” I noted that in the aftermath of the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., the non-propertied, non-educated, common laborer-sort of Greek began to gain increasing influence in the polis. … Continue reading

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Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

The critical battle of the Greco-Persian Wars, the Battle of Salamis, fought at sea in 480 B.C., ended the threat of Eastern domination of Greece and made possible the free flowering of classical Greek culture. Had the Greeks not won … Continue reading

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Socratic and Biblical Wisdom

“But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living. The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; the sea says, ‘It is not … Continue reading

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Truth Is A Good Man’s Knowledge of Being

In various places in his dialogues, Plato has it that “truth” is “saying what is.” This doesn’t just mean speaking statements that are abstractly the case, but actually making one’s speech match the things that are (or, being). In his … Continue reading

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