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What Controls What? The Mind-Body Problem

Last week’s discussion on ‘where does Evil come from?’ started off simple enough… or at least I thought so. But before I knew it, we were knee deep into an ancient philosophical issue. One I had not anticipated wading into… but perhaps with hindsight was impossible to avoid. I’m talking about the old mind-body problem.

Valentine’s Day Advice from Aristotle: Love Yourself

Written by Alex Barrientos, Senior Editor, Classical Wisdom What does it mean to love yourself—to practice self-love (Philautia)? It’s not uncommon to see self-love being lumped in with selfishness: we see someone who is greedy, who only cares for his own advantage, often at the expense of those close to him, and we say, “He

Aristotle’s Soul ‘Psyches’ and How to Understand Them

Written by Emma Coffinet, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom From the meaning of life to the art of politics and the nature of friendship itself, the iconic Greek philosopher Aristotle imparted much wisdom. So much of the great man’s work, penned over two thousand years ago, remains relevant, interesting, and inspiring to this day. Countless texts

Achieving Your Goals: Advice from the Ancients

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “If a thing is humanly possible, consider it within your reach” –Marcus Aurelius In early April around 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians held civilization’s first-recorded New Year celebration. To the ancient Babylonians, New Year’s resolutions and traditions were extrinsically motivated. During the 12-day new year festival, new

What Makes a Good Friend?

It’s that time of year again… the holiday season is upon us and we get the opportunity to really think of our friends and family. Historically it’s a time to come together, to reinforce those bonds with gifts and toasts and sometimes too much wine. And, if we are lucky, we actually like those people