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About: Anya Leonard

Anya Leonard is the co-founder of Classical Wisdom Weekly and current Project Director. She has a M.A. in Sociology from University of Edinburgh and studied at St. John’s College with a double major in Philosophy and the History of Math of Science. She lives and writes from all over the world.

Recent Posts by Anya Leonard

What Makes you YOU? The Paradox of Theseus’s Ship

It’s one of the oldest concepts in Western Philosophy. Heraclitus wrote about it. So did Plato… But perhaps the most eloquent explanation of this timeless thought experiment was accomplished by the historian, biographer and essayist, Plutarch. He did so with the help of the Greek hero Theseus and his famous ship. The concept goes like

How Should Society Be? Collective or Individualistic?

We really stood out. I mean literally, a foot above. I remember the morning commute, staring down at a sea of black hair, slowly inching towards the constantly rotating subway doors. My (then) boyfriend, towering above everyone at 6’2”, was the only non-Asian face I could see among the thousands, often for weeks on end.

Is Collective Guilt Good?

The teacher looks over the classroom, a frown conspicuously distorting her face. With knitted brow she passes down the aisles peering at each child suspiciously. “NO ONE is leaving… until I found out who did it!” The kids squirm. They furtively glance at the guilty and innocent alike. “No one owning up, hmmm??? Okay, no

Do we need Police? The Ancient World of Policing…

It seems almost impossible to keep up! Each week comes with huge movements, unfolding events and new important questions to debate and philosophize. This time, it is the question of the ‘police’ – and whether or not we need them? The idea of the police is nothing new, though its form in the ancient world

Should We Take Down Monuments? Damnatio Memoriae in the Modern Age…

Toppling Statues is nothing new. It’s just for the ancient world, they have a cooler term for it: Damnatio Memoriae – the damnation of memory. Okay, okay, the term wasn’t actually used by Romans (I know, I’m gutted also), but the practice was certainly employed. The Romans adopted the practice, which they deemed worse than

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