Plato’s Republic, Book IV: The Cardinal Virtues

Book IV ends the conversation "pertaining to the gods" between Socrates and Glaucon. It begins with an interruption by Adeimantus, who has thus far been remote from the conversation. His accusation against Socrates is that the men will lead unhappy lives. The communistic life, as described at the end of Book III, does not allow … Continue reading Plato’s Republic, Book IV: The Cardinal Virtues

Plato’s Republic Book II (Part II): The City in Speech

In the second half of Book II, Socrates is put on trial, reluctantly defending justice against the false accusations of the Athenian brothers, Glaucon and Adeimantus. He suggests they examine the question of justice in a larger way, not like men who are squinting at small letters from a distance. Socrates proposes that they watch … Continue reading Plato’s Republic Book II (Part II): The City in Speech

Morning Glory

Morning Glory (1933) Director: Lowell Sherman Morning Glory is an excellent film starring Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Adolphe Menjou. The whimsical music is composed by the brilliant Max Steiner. The film was derived from a yet-to-be-staged play of the same name by Zoe Akins. It tells the story of the youthful and idealistic Eva … Continue reading Morning Glory

Little Women

Little Women (1933) Director: George Cukor Little Women is a cinematic triumph, one of the great films of the 1930s. It is as moving as it is delightful, oth tragic and comic, though not at the same time. This is the third production of Little Women, after two previous silent films. Starring Katharine Hepburn as Josephine "Jo" … Continue reading Little Women