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Ancient Philosophy: A Crash Course

1. Metaphysics Metaphysics is the very broad and very profound branch of ancient philosophy that attempts to makes sense of the universe around us. Metaphysics asks ‘what is the universe?’ What is it made of? How does it behave? And what about the universe makes toast always land butter side down? This was a subject

Plato’s Symposium: Love and Philosophy

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Plato is regarded by many as the world’s greatest philosopher. In his dialogues, he examined everything from the nature of reality, to ethics, to beauty, to the state. The Symposium, which you can read in full here, is the summation of Plato’s ideas on love, and have proven very influential.

#CancelCulture: Lessons from the Ancient World

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Sometimes, late at night when we can hear the ocean outside our window, we wonder what the ancients would think of us… Would they be proud? Amused? Perplexed? Surely, we imagine, we won’t repeat ALL the mistakes of our classical forebearers. Somebody must have read Aristotle, Cicero,

Socrates And Martin Luther King: Lessons in Civil Disobedience

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom At the opening of the Crito, a dialogue by the philosopher Plato, Socrates has been imprisoned. He is awaiting his execution for the supposed crimes of corrupting the youth and believing in strange gods. However, it is only by chance that Socrates is still alive, trapped in his

Ethical Egoism: Getting What You Want

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There are a few advantages we have going for us when we study moral philosophy. The first is that moral philosophy (also known as ethical philosophy) is immediately applicable to our lives. The second is that many of the suppositions seem to be rather easy to confirm.

Lessons on Racism from the Ancient World

In lieu of our normal monday mailbag, I’d like to discuss Racism…and what the ancient world can teach us about this extremely important issue. Now, I wasn’t certain if I should say anything about it or not. I’m currently trapped in the world’s longest lockdown, the new epicenter where pandemics haven’t yet become passé. Down