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  • Cicero

    December 10, 2016

    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) was the Roman philosopher who erected the basic conceptual framework of the “law of nations” which has influenced subsequent international law, theory, and ethics. During Cicero’s time, the need for a universal code of ethics had become pressing, as Roman conquest had…

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  • Eros, Wisdom and Silence of Plato (Part II)

    December 9, 2016

    Classical and Contemporary Eros In the Theages, Demodocus, a rural landowner and a committed demo­crat, approaches Socrates with his son Theages in tow. Demodocus is fear­ful because his son wants to become wise (121c-d), and he knows what Theages means by that term. Theages craves knowledge of…

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  • Eros, Wisdom and Silence of Plato (Part I)

    December 7, 2016

    What, if anything, does Socrates know about Eros? The Platonic Socrates is renowned for proclaiming his ignorance. His repu­tation owes primarily to several statements that he makes in Plato’s Apology of Socrates. For example, he denies that he is a clever speaker (17a-b). He argues that his…

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  • Eros, Wisdom, and Silence: Plato's Erotic Dialogues

    December 5, 2016

    Eros, Wisdom, and Silence: Plato’s Erotic Dialogues. James M. Rhodes. Columbia, MO:  University of Missouri Press, 2003.   Although his name and his disciples have dominated American political theory for the past thirty years and have even influenced American politics, Leo Strauss has remained somewhat of an enigma…

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  • Cosmopolitanism: Citizens Without States?

    December 3, 2016

    While our political and cultural elites debate about what to do with the millions of illegal immigrants in this country, it may be worthwhile to pause for a moment and ask what truly is at stake here. My sense is that the debate about illegal immigration –…

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  • The Election Concerning Technology

    December 2, 2016

    No one is obliged to take part in the spiritual crises of society; on the contrary, everyone is obliged to avoid the folly and live his life in order.” ― Eric Voegelin, Science, Politics, and Gnosticism   Technological Rule “I saw some of the turning beauties of…

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  • Leadership and Machiavelli

    November 30, 2016

    Scholars, practitioners, and more casual observers of leadership often talk about Niccolo Machiavelli in the context of leadership practices.  Substantially fewer seem to be well read on the (in)famous Florentine.  It is possible to consider Machiavelli, his writings, and ideas reputed to him, in a better, more…

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  • A Libertarian Error

    November 28, 2016

    According to Wikipedia, libertarianism is described as follows: The term libertarianism originally referred to a philosophical belief in free will but later became associated with anti-state socialism and Enlightenment-influenced political movements critical of institutional authority believed to serve forms of social domination and injustice. While it has…

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  • The Limits of Identity Politics

    November 26, 2016

    After the election, a student came into my office and asked me, “What is my major good for?” The quote perfectly captured the post-election state of my profession as a political scientist of having wrongly predicted the presidential race. There were be several articles and books that…

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Ciero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) was the Roman philosopher who erected the basic conceptual framework of the “law of nations” which has influenced subsequent international law, theory, and ethics. During Cicero’s time, the need for a universal code of ethics had become pressing, as Roman conquest had created a polyglot empire with an elite suffused with a wide variety of…

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School of Athens Education Plato Socrates

Classical and Contemporary Eros
In the Theages, Demodocus, a rural landowner and a committed demo­crat, approaches Socrates with his son Theages in tow. Demodocus is fear­ful because his son wants to become wise (121c-d), and he knows what Theages means by that term. Theages craves knowledge of how to rule human beings (123a). In fact, Theages openly confesses to wishing to…

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School of Athens Education Plato Socrates

What, if anything, does Socrates know about Eros?
The Platonic Socrates is renowned for proclaiming his ignorance. His repu­tation owes primarily to several statements that he makes in Plato's Apology of Socrates. For example, he denies that he is a clever speaker (17a-b). He argues that his enemies have said "nothing true" (ούδέυ άληθές 18b6) in their snide accounts of him,…

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School of Athens Education Plato Socrates

Eros, Wisdom, and Silence: Plato's Erotic Dialogues. James M. Rhodes. Columbia, MO:  University of Missouri Press, 2003.
 
Although his name and his disciples have dominated American political theory for the past thirty years and have even influenced American politics, Leo Strauss has remained somewhat of an enigma to specialists and generalists alike. Was he the classical philosopher who argued that democracy as…

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Technology Election Science

No one is obliged to take part in the spiritual crises of society; on the contrary, everyone is obliged to avoid the folly and live his life in order.”
― Eric Voegelin, Science, Politics, and Gnosticism
 
Technological Rule
“I saw some of the turning beauties of the sky/ And we came out to see, once more, the stars.”[1] So concludes Dante’s voyage through…

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Machiavelli 3

Scholars, practitioners, and more casual observers of leadership often talk about Niccolo Machiavelli in the context of leadership practices.  Substantially fewer seem to be well read on the (in)famous Florentine.  It is possible to consider Machiavelli, his writings, and ideas reputed to him, in a better, more informed, less condemnatory and more positive light.  This essay will try to show…

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Dont' Tread on Me Libertarian

According to Wikipedia, libertarianism is described as follows:
The term libertarianism originally referred to a philosophical belief in free will but later became associated with anti-state socialism and Enlightenment-influenced[8][9] political movements critical of institutional authority believed to serve forms of social domination and injustice. While it has generally retained its earlier political usage as a synonym for either social or individualist…

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Donald Trump identity politics

After the election, a student came into my office and asked me, “What is my major good for?”[1] The quote perfectly captured the post-election state of my profession as a political scientist of having wrongly predicted the presidential race. There were be several articles and books that will be published about the problems in the forecasting models but for now…

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Hail Caesar


Cultures show their substance by what they make easier and what they make more difficult. A true, illustrative story:
Me: “Hey, Siri, find me a Catholic Mass to go to.”
My phone: “I don’t know how to respond to that.”
Me: “Okay then, take me to a strip club.”
My phone: “Which strip club? Tap the one you want.”
Not for nothing are they called…

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