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Taking Issue With Homer: We Shouldn't Approve of Achilles (Plato, Republic 390e-391a)

Earlier today I posted some fragments from Plato the Comic poet. Here’s a bit from that other Plato, you know, the philosopher.

“We should not praise Achilles’ teacher Phoinix as speaking prudently when he advises him to take the gifts and defend the Achaeans, but not to give up on his rage without the gifts. 40 more words


The History of Lint

Welcome Dear Reader to Linda’s History Lessons.  Today’s lesson is:  The History of Lint.

Lint and the Ancient Egyptians

The very first mention of lint in recorded history was in Egypt.   335 more words


In Praise of Internet Trolls

“Is it because Voltaire wasn’t afraid to be nasty
that he did so much good? Almost certainly.
There is no convincing evidence that writers can do their job… 1,314 more words

Activists & Activism

Protagoras by Plato (trans. Stanley Lombardo and Karen Bell)

“While the power of appearance often makes us wander all over the place in confusion, often changing our minds about the same things and regretting our actions and choices with respect to things large and small, the art of measurement in contrast, would make the appearances lose their power by showing us the truth, would give us peace of mind firmly rooted in the truth and would save our life” – …

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Thoughtful Thursday

It’s probably a good thing my University dropped its philosophy major because I may have ended up becoming a fifth year in order to add a second major. 413 more words


Soul Triad

The most interesting piece of thinking about something you were studying for quite some time is that it seems to swirl around in the back of your mind like lemonade around a tall glass of ice. 562 more words

Meditations Of A Cynic