The Magnificent Ambersons

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)  Director: Orson Welles Released just after Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons is a powerful film worthy of being included on the shelf of greatness. It is based on Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer prize-winning novel of the same name published in 1918, the second novel to ever win the Pulitzer after Ernest Poole's His Family. Tragically, the … Continue reading The Magnificent Ambersons

Plato’s Republic Book II (Part I): Glaucon and Adeimantus

Glaucon and Adeimantus, both brothers and Athenians (brothers of Plato), make up the bulk of the remainder of the Republic. Both brothers are praised by Socrates for their noble actions as soldiers at Megara and also for their aristocratic lineage, descending from Ariston (meaning "excellence"). The Battle of Megara was a crucial victory for the Athenians … Continue reading Plato’s Republic Book II (Part I): Glaucon and Adeimantus

Plato’s Republic, Book I (Part IV): Thrasymachus

Socrates’s exchange with Thrasymachus occurs in two parts: in the first, Thrasymachus lashes out at Socrates claiming that justice is the advantage of the stronger, and also that injustice is more profitable that justice. In the second part, after Socrates has successfully tamed the tyrant, Thrasymachus placates Socrates with a “banquet” of words (354a). This … Continue reading Plato’s Republic, Book I (Part IV): Thrasymachus

The Republic, Book I (Part III): Polemarchus

When Cephalus departs to attend to the sacrifices, Polemarchus becomes the "heir of the argument", as the rightful heir to Cephalus's substance, and he defends Simonides's interpretation of justice -that it is just to give to each what is owed. Like Cephalus, Polemarchus sees justice as something distributive. However, the implication in Polemarchus's opinion, as … Continue reading The Republic, Book I (Part III): Polemarchus