Addressing Disembodiment in our Relationships

Addressing Disembodiment in our Relationships

We are consistently told that bodily presence is optional and expendable. This message is reinforced by technologies that make being ‘remote’ easy and attractive. And the fact is we have changed our lives accordingly—to the detriment, especially, of the relationships...
Philosopher Parents, Not Kings

Philosopher Parents, Not Kings

The term ‘philosopher kings’ sticks in the head of students of ancient philosophy. In Plato’s Republic Socrates memorably asserts that “until philosophers take control of a city, there’ll be no respite from evil for either city or citizens…” Plato’s assertion here has...
Toxic Fatherhood?

Toxic Fatherhood?

There are important analogies between a father in a family and a ruler in a nation. This is perhaps especially clear in the consequences of their failure. Aquinas writes that “royal dignity is rendered hateful to many people on account of the wickedness of tyrants.”...
Good Playing: For Their Sake and Ours

Good Playing: For Their Sake and Ours

Robert Louis Stevenson’s wonderful verses often capture more than meets the eye. When I was down beside the sea A wooden spade they gave to me. To dig the sandy shore. A Child’s Garden of Verses They – whoever ‘they’ were – clearly did this child a good turn....

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