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 […]

Wednesday Quotes
I Have Ears
December 9, 2015

“It appears, I said, that as the eyes are designed to look up at the stars, so are the ears to hear harmonious motions…” Socrates in Plato’s Republic They normally escape notice in my morning glance in the mirror. Face shaved, hair (the increasingly lonely hold-outs) reasonably in place. All clear in […]

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Inexperienced in Pleasure
October 28, 2015

“They are inexperienced in pleasure and so are deceived when they compare pain to painlessness, just as they would be if they compared black to grey without having experienced white.” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic It is hard to imagine what it would be like never to have seen the color white. One […]

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Taking Care of Things
October 21, 2015

“Come, then, let’s consider this: Is there some function of a soul that you couldn’t perform with anything else, for example, taking care of things, ruling, deliberating, and the like? Is there anything other than a soul to which you could rightly assign these..?” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic Some questions are so […]

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Grateful to be a Teacher
December 10, 2014

“It’s no easy task—indeed it’s very difficult—to realize that in every soul there is an instrument that is purified and rekindled by such subjects [liberal studies] when it has been blinded and destroyed by other ways of life, an instrument that is more important to preserve than ten thousand eyes, since only […]

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A Better Approach to Money
December 3, 2014

This time of year a credit card can seem to take on a life of its own. It’s like a badly trained dog: we tell ourselves that it does what we command it to do. Please go here to Front Porch Republic where I have posted a reflection on taking a new […]

Gestures: A Meeting of Body and Soul
October 29, 2014

“Imitations practiced from youth become part of nature and settle into habits of gesture, voice, and thought.” Plato, Republic III Plato showed great concern about how people move and use their bodies. Bodily gestures have significance; and they are connected to deeper realities, especially the dispositions of our soul. His immediate prescription […]

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Discussing Virtue, Daily
October 15, 2014

“It is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others…” Socrates, The Apology Philosophers can get a bad rap—among other things for discussing issues far removed from the exigencies of daily life. This is […]

Wednesday Quotes
Playing the Right Games
June 26, 2014

“But when children play the right games from the beginning and absorb lawfulness from music and poetry, it follows them in everything and fosters their growth…” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic, Bk IV It’s easy not to be concerned about games. After all, they’re just games. Watching children play can be amazing. They […]

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Pointless Parties
December 4, 2013

“There are others too…that pretend to be pleasures, such as gambling and pointless parties; as time goes on, it becomes clear even to the victims of their seduction that they are afflictions disguised as pleasures….” Socrates, in Xenophon’s The Estate Manager, I It’s a tale of two parties. At the first party […]