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Isocrates: The Essayist

By Ben Potter In many ways Isocrates is the forgotten man of Classical Greece. As a product of Athens’ Golden Age, he was a contemporary of Plato, Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aristotle, et al,… just without their fame or everlasting glory. And it’s not that he didn’t deserve it. Indeed, a case can be made that

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Deterministically Indeterminate

“Marx was right!”, declares Bill Bonner’s Diary of a Rogue Economist. “Oh yeah?”, I wonder to myself. You certainly know how to write a good hook there, Mr. Bonner. Please, go on. What was Marx right about? Strangely, the first thing that comes to mind is a quote that I either read, heard, or made

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The Pitiable Tyrant

Do you remember a few weeks ago when we had a bit of a discussion on the Platonic dialogue, Gorgias? I sure do. Those were good times, simpler times. Most of you are dedicated readers so I won’t have to remind you that we discussed the nature of rhetoric, the morality of rhetoric, and Socrates’

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It’s Not How You Say It…

  I once had a philosophy professor who told my class, with all the authority and reverence he could muster, that… “As of right now, you are all philosophers. The days of winning arguments by simply screaming louder than your opponent are over.” I usually don’t like to call myself a philosopher. I think there

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The Ages of Ancient Greece

By Ben Potter Archaic. Classical. Hellenistic. These terms are often (and quite naturally) conflated together under the generic heading of ‘classical’, or, at the very least, ‘old’. It appears that organizing history into clear, distinct eras can be a tricky business. This, of course, is more true for the Greeks than for the Romans. This

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The Cult Of Pythagoras

Not much is really know about the Pythagoreans or their rather mysterious founder, Pythagoras. Several different accounts of the Pythagoreans have come down to us from antiquity. Plato and Aristotle both reference the Pythagoreans throughout their philosophical writings. Even still, the true nature of the “cult of Pythagoras” is often shrouded in mystery. The questions

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