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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

The Myth of the Greater Good

Written by Wendy McElroy, Contributing Writer, Laissez Faire Books In entry-level philosophy class, a professor will often present a scenario that seems to challenge the students’ perspective on morality. The argument runs something as follows: “The entire nation of France will drop dead tomorrow unless you kill your neighbor who has only one day to live.