Reclaiming Manners: A Series
November 30, 2016

“Etiquette and ethics, rightly understood, are in fact continuous, partly because character is often revealed in outward display; moreover, the principles of self-command and consideration for others shown in ‘small manners’ are of a piece with virtue and justice. Indeed civility may very well be the heart of the ethics of everyday […]

Eating Meat with Thanksgiving
November 23, 2016

“And so it is likewise clear…that plants exist for the sake of animals, and other animals for the sake of human beings. Domestic animals are for both the use and the food they provide, and most but not all wild animals are for the sake of food and other uses… Therefore, nature, […]

The Fall of Leaves
November 16, 2016

“Whatever permanent, uneasy question is native to men comes forward most insistent and most loud at the fall of leaves. … It is no wonder, then, that at this peculiar time…the desires which if they do not prove at least demand–perhaps remember–our destiny, come strongest. They are proper to the time of […]

This is Our Story
November 9, 2016

“For the man that is truly good and wise, we think, bears all the chances of life becomingly and always makes the best of circumstances…as a good shoemaker makes the best shoes out of the hides that are given him.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Today is a day to reflect and to learn. […]

Aristotle and the Elections
November 3, 2016

“Now it is best that there should be a public and proper care for such matters; but if they are neglected by the [political] community it would seem right for each man to help his children and friends toward virtue.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Elections can make you wonder about where you live. […]

Three Years of Wednesday Quotes
October 26, 2016

“I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day…” Socrates, The Apology Bacon from Acorns, “dedicated to the philosophy of household,” came to birth just over three years ago during my sabbatical from teaching. Since then every Wednesday I have posted. My idea was that […]

As a Good Shoemaker
October 19, 2016

  “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… For the man that is truly good and wise, we think, bears all the chances of life becomingly and always makes the best […]

Quarrel or Conversation
October 12, 2016

Quarrel or conversation. The distinction is significant. And Plato makes it. Today Crisis Magazine posted my thoughts here on how the recent Presidential debates should make us reflect on the importance of this distinction for public life, and for our most intimate relationships. A Lament on the Declining Quality of Public Discourse

Another’s Good, or My Own?
October 5, 2016

  “For this reason justice, alone of the virtues, is thought to be ‘another’s good,’ because it is related to our neighbor; for it does what is advantageous to another. …and the best man is not he who exercises his virtue towards himself but he who exercises it towards another; for this […]

A Child’s Birthday
September 28, 2016

I remember thinking on my birthday: how can all these people just be going about their business today? Don’t they realize? But the fact was that the key people around me did realize; and they acted like it. And so a child learns. This is a day of celebration. Because of me. […]

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