Plato

16 posts

Food for the Soul Republic III w/ Angie Hobbs

In the second half of book 3 of the Republic, Plato lays out the controversial theory of mimesis, which states that all art, man-made objects, and cultural products in our environment have profound effects on the health of our souls.

Food for the Soul Republic III w/ Angie Hobbs

The Justice Loophole w/ Rachel Barney

Our exploration of Plato's Republic continues with this discussion of book 2 with philosopher Rachel Barney. Is the fear of God necessary for morality? How can you educate people so that they value and practice justice?

The Justice Loophole w/ Rachel Barney

All Men Would Be Tyrants (Plato’s Republic II)

If you gave people the power to do anything they wanted and never face any consequences for their actions, would they inevitably turn into monsters? Or are there reasons why we should be motivated to behave morally and justly even when all external constraints on our behavior are lifted?

All Men Would Be Tyrants (Plato’s Republic II)

The Hunt for Justice (Plato’s Republic I)

Our series on Plato’s Republic continues with this deep dive into book 1. What makes it good philosophy? What makes it fine literature? And what does book 1 accomplish in the context of the entire Republic?

The Hunt for Justice (Plato’s Republic I)

Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis w/ Matt Simonto

What institutions do oligarchic regimes use to maintain power? How do they fend off the threat of democratic revolution? What happened to the many oligarchies of the ancient Mediterranean?

Oligarchy, Part 2: Nemesis w/ Matt Simonto

The Origins of Philosophy w/ André Laks

Philosophy first emerged in ancient Greece 2600 years ago. What drove a group of thinkers at that time to suddenly cast off old beliefs and embark on radically new avenues of inquiry and investigation?

The Origins of Philosophy w/ André Laks

Platonic Love w/ Zina Giannopoulou

'Platonic love' is one of the most fascinating (and misunderstood) concepts to have come down to us from the ancient Greeks. Classicist Zina Giannopoulou joins us to set the record straight about the origins of the concept and what Plato's radical theory of love was all about.

Platonic Love w/ Zina Giannopoulou

Dialogue and Dialectic w/ MM McCabe

Philosopher MM McCabe joins us to discuss the art of the philosophical dialogue, both as a literary form and as a practice between people in real-time conversation. What makes Plato's dialogues, for example, worth reading?

Dialogue and Dialectic w/ MM McCabe

Decoding Atlantis w/ Mark Adams

No other story from ancient Greece has fueled so many controversies and as the story of Atlantis. All of the written “evidence” from ancient times is contained in the work of a single author–the philosopher Plato. Bestselling author Mark Adams joins us to discuss the theories about Plato's tale.

Decoding Atlantis w/ Mark Adams

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