Categories Thoughts

We need to talk about trees

Trees are now a matter of politics. And we are learning that trees do more than previously thought. They are in fact a source of hope.

Categories Essays

The New Dark Age

Hope is above all ‘a state of mind … it is a dimension of the soul … It is an orientation of the spirit’

Categories Quotes

The best thing for being sad

The best thing for being sad is, Merlyn tells Wart, something that the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, and never dream of regretting

Categories Quotes

Hegel and Martin Luther King

Hegel and Martin Luther King shared a deep understanding of profound change. There can be nothing new without a struggle with the old. And they might be telling us something important about right now

Categories Thoughts

The Force of Fiction

How do you relax at the end of a long day? Chances are you do something so commonplace to many of us that we seldom

Categories Quotes

What is a University?

When medievals first spoke of university they were referring not so much to institutions as to people.

Categories Quotes

Philosophy and Kant

Towards the conclusion of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason he writes something that might come as a surprise.

Learning and the Soul in Plato's allegory of the cave
Categories Quotes

Learning and the Soul

In Plato’s Republic the allegory of the cave reveals that each of us has a unique capacity to learn.

Categories Questions

Why are we here?

In 1977 a team of NASA scientists sent two spacecraft into the distant reaches of our universe.

Stake in the ground.
Categories Texts

On Inequality

What is the Origin of the Inequality among Mankind? Jean Jacques Rousseau’s now classic work, ask the question most powerfully.

The Death of Socrates Artist:Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels) Date:1787 Medium:Oil on canvas. - Liberal Arts Education and Philosophy
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Apology

So persuasively did they speak; and yet they have hardly uttered a word of truth. Read one of Plato’s most powerful works.