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.”...
The Goal in Raising Children

The Goal in Raising Children

“Man lives by reason, which can attain to prudence only after long experience, so that children need to be instructed by their parents who are experienced.” Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles There are various ways to understand the ‘goal’ in raising children. In...
Thankful for When Children Were Young

Thankful for When Children Were Young

“..and perhaps it will be pleasing to have remembered these things one day.” Virgil, The Aeneid I have to admit it: it’s been hard for me recently as I think back on when my children were younger. A few days ago my wife and I, and our eight year old son—who is...

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