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Is there such a thing as FREE WILL?

And if not, what are the consequences?  It quickly became a spirited debate… after all, there is a lot on the line and it’s certainly not a point to be conceded without a fight.  We were discussing the concept of free will… and whether we have it… or not.  My interlocutor was steadfast and impassioned. 

How To Be an Aristotelian and a Yogi

Written by Leigh Duffy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom While yoga has exploded in popularity in the last twenty years or so, the larger system of yoga—of which the physical practice is a mere part—has been around since before the time of Aristotle. This eight-limbed (or eight-part) system of yoga, which was developed just after Aristotle’s

Antigone and the Ethics of Desire

Written by Claudia Hauer, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Sophocles’ play Antigone remains one of the most compelling and oft-performed of the Greek tragedies. The play was recently adapted for use in Ferguson, Missouri by Theater of War, a social justice project which uses performances of Greek tragedy to encourage communities to bridge the military-civil divide.

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