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Plotinus: Founder Of Neo-Platonism

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Plotinus (205-70 AD) was one of the most important philosophers of late antiquity. He is often called the founder of Neo-Platonism, an interpretation of the philosophy of Plato. Plotinus’ thought influenced many philosophers and was respected by Christian thinkers.  The Life of Plotinus There are few records

If You Win, You Lose: The Philosopher’s Political Dilemma

Written by Justin D. Lyons, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The philosopher in Plato’s Laws, called the Athenian stranger, converses with old men settled in their habits and attached to the regimes in which they live. Kleinias and Megillus are exemplars of pious traditionalism. Moreover, they propose to travel to its very source–the cave in which

Epicurus and The Pursuit of Happiness

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom We’ve all been there. Fear, anxiety, depression, existential dread…these are common side effects of the human condition and part of life experience. No matter where you have found yourself in history or what may be happening in global society, anxiety, depression and other mental and emotional challenges

Aristarchus of Samos: Prophet of Astronomy

In a recent article, I mentioned Galileo and his idea of heliocentrism. Heliocentrism is the idea that the Earth revolves around the Sun. It is opposed to the geocentric idea which claims that the Sun and other planets revolve around the Earth. Galileo posed heliocentrism in the 17th century, and shortly after doing so, his

Socrates: The Man Who Knew Too Much

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Socrates loved the pursuit of wisdom more than any other. He valued truth, understanding, and examination of self and life above all else. He believed that the most valuable thing a person could do was question their thoughts, beliefs, and perceived truths. For Socrates, the examined life was

Healthy Skepticism for Better Debates

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom One would have thought that in this age of information, logical fallacies would cease to exist. But, amazingly, the exact opposite has happened despite our incredible access to information. After all, we can open up an internet browser and within a few minutes we have thousands of pages