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

An Analysis of the Soul in the Phaedrus

Socrates begins his famous account of the tripartite soul in the Phaedrus at 244a, not unlike the account given in The Republic. The whole dialogue begins outside the walls of the city of Athens. Socrates and Phaedrus are barefooted and walking through a stream. Phaedrus has just ended an evening with Lysias, the rhetorician and son of … Continue reading An Analysis of the Soul in the Phaedrus

Socrates and Phaedrus on Love

In our inquiry concerning the nature of love, we turn our attention to two Platonic dialogues, Phaedrus and the Symposium. Both dialogues share some key components in common, perhaps none more apparent than the prominence of Phaedrus, a young and attractive man, according to Plato, who is a student of physics and rhetoric. First we consider Phaedrus in … Continue reading Socrates and Phaedrus on Love

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