The Examination of Virtue in the Protagoras

The Protagoras is a dialogue that is entirely narrated by Socrates. Unlike The Republic, the Protagoras dialogue begins with Socrates's conversation with an unknown "friend". His friend asks where Socrates has come from -he asks if he as hunting the beautiful Alcibiades. Socrates says he has just come from being with him, and that Alcibiades came to his defense, but … Continue reading The Examination of Virtue in the Protagoras

Initial Notes on Plato’s Phaedrus

The dramatic narrative of Plato's Phaedrus begins within the city limits of Athens, as Socrates is calling out to the young Phaedrus, whose name means "bright". Phaedrus tells Socrates that he has been with Cephalus's son, Lysias (not Polemarchus as in the Republic) since dawn and Socrates correctly guesses that Lysias has been "feeding" Phaedrus with … Continue reading Initial Notes on Plato’s Phaedrus

The Circus

The Circus (1928) Director: Sir Charles Chaplin The Circus is a delightful film, reprising Chaplin's famous "Tramp" character. In truth, it was one of the hardest movies Chaplin ever made. During the filming, his mother died, there were numerous scheduling delays, a studio fire, a bitter divorce from his second wife, Lita Grey, he suffered … Continue reading The Circus

The Symposium III: Erixymachus, Aristophanes, Agathon, Socrates, and Alcibiades

Erixymachus follows Pausanias, only after Aristophanes is overcome with a fit of hiccuping -an appropriate interruption for the famous comedian who once mocked Socrates in The Clouds.  Erixymachus, appropriately, praises Eros as the superiority of the medical art, over and above the legal craftsmanship of Pausanias. Recall that Erixymachus is a doctor, and is a follower … Continue reading The Symposium III: Erixymachus, Aristophanes, Agathon, Socrates, and Alcibiades