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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

Old Ideas Renewed: Science, Philosophy, and Perception as Illusion

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Plato, along with his instructor Socrates, are often recognized as the minds which began the western philosophical tradition as we know it today. Plato’s theory of forms and the Allegory of the Cave are not only interesting within the history of philosophy, but hold relevance in regards to both

Carnuntum: Where Marcus Aurelius Wrote The Meditations

By Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. (Thanks to Landessammlungen Niederösterreich, Archäologischer Park Carnuntum for permission to use photographs of their exhibits.) If thou would’st master care and pain, Unfold this book and read and read again Its blessed leaves, whereby thou soon shalt see

Evolutionary Theory in Ancient Greece & Rome

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom When we hear the word evolution, we almost immediately think of Charles Darwin. After all, Darwin came up with the theory of evolution, didn’t he? Well, yes… kind of. He certainly popularized the theory of evolution by natural selection, but the roots of such a theory can be

Zeno, Paradox, and Contemporary Confusion

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Zeno of Elea constructed several arguments that result in absurdity. They are paradoxical, contradicting, and just plain-strange. Oh, and did I mention that they are logically consistent, too? One such paradox, perhaps the most well-known, is called the Achilles Paradox. Achilles was thought to be the fastest runner

Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism and Pain

By Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, discusses strategies for coping with pain derived from the ancient wisdom of Stoicism. The physical frailty of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was notorious, and of great concern to his subjects.  Around 174-175 AD, he was in such