Let's be honest In my opinion, we live in one of most un-philosophical periods in the history of human beings. Almost no one cares about learning how to think -…
Glory vs honor A core idea in the philosophy of Socrates and the Stoics is that only the honorable is good. This means that the only good thing is what wise pe…
We must learn what to do from someone who is already doing itThe picture below shows a 3D print of the so called “Pseudo-Seneca"-bust given to me by a friend. For centuries it was believed to show the agin…
More on the self-sufficiency of the good person in Plato's Republic “‘a person will care most for something he really loves.’ ‘Necessarily.’ ‘And he will most love something when he thinks the same things are in …
The power of music"Rhythm and concord, after all, penetrate deeper down inside the soul than anything else; they take the most powerful hold on it, causing it to …
A healthy and natutal soul"‘isn’t it already patently clear, too, what it really is to do unjust actions and behave unjustly, and to do just things?’ ‘How so?’ ‘What’s cl…
How to make sure the people need a leaderSocrates analyzing tyranny together with Adeimantus in Plato's Republic, 566d-567a: '''In the early days and weeks’, I said, ‘he has a smile and…
When the speaker is in tune with his wordsThe implication here seems to be that only a good person can be in tune with his words. "LACHES: I’m very single-minded, Nicias, when it comes t…
Antilogic “‘What a noble power it is, Glaucon,’ I said, ‘that antilogic has!‘ ‘How so?’ ‘Because a lot of people seem to me to fall into it unintentionall…
The death of a loved one is not such terrible thing“‘A good person, we say, will suppose that for another like himself, even someone whose comrade he is, dying is not such a terrible thing.’ ‘We …
Socratic consistency I think that this quote make it obvious that a Socratic examination ultimately is an examination of consistency in values. When we are “being re…
Becoming like a godThe idea that human beings become happy by unfolding their potential for wisdom and by living according to that wisdom is at the very heart of b…