Tag: philosophy

Two-faced Folly

It’s interesting how our attitude towards a work shapes our understanding of it. Last month, I picked up In Praise of Folly (Erasmus, 1509) in a desultory way, read it quickly and took no pleasure from it. But after hearing a classmate sing its… Continue Reading “Two-faced Folly”

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One Long Struggle – Part Two

As I head out to New York City – land of Occupy Wall Street among many other historic struggles – I am reflecting on Lucretius and the Epicureans a bit further. One question that was posed in our Saturday discussion/lecture was “Are we approaching… Continue Reading “One Long Struggle – Part Two”

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Mencius by the sea

Over the weekend I re-read the books of Mencius for my class this week – fortunately in a little cabin by the sea on the west coast of Vancouver Island – a perfect place for quiet meditation and reflection on the words of this… Continue Reading “Mencius by the sea”

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Love in the time of Socrates

(My pre and post-class notes on The Symposium). Long before I had ever heard of the Symposium, a reading of Voltaire made me aware of the speech of Aristophanes which occurs about halfway through the text. Immortalized in many media forms (not the least… Continue Reading “Love in the time of Socrates”

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