A Virtue for the Holy Days

A Virtue for the Holy Days

“Now we have said generally that the man with this virtue will associate with people in the right way [in gatherings and in social life]; but it is by reference to what is honorable and expedient that he will aim at not giving pain or at contributing pleasure. For he...
Directing Our Conversation

Directing Our Conversation

“Socrates’ own conversation was ever of human matters. Investigating what is pious, what is impious; what is beautiful, what is ugly; what is just, what is unjust; what is prudence, what is madness; what is courage, what is cowardice; what is a state, what is a...
The Suffering of Children

The Suffering of Children

“Yet even in these nobility shines through, when a man bears with resignation many great misfortunes, not through insensibility to pain but through nobility and greatness of soul.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics My youngest son is doing very well today. Two weeks ago...
Living an Examined Life

Living an Examined Life

“…the unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates in The Apology by Plato These words of Socrates are notoriously provocative. Perhaps they should provoke us. One implication of course is that an examined life is indeed worth living. But just what...

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