Plato’s Republic, Book VI: The Defense of the Philosophers

Books V and VI take a slight detour from the immediate question of the city.  The focus is primarily on defining who the philosophers are, and what they are concerned with, within the context of question of the philosopher-king as the best ruler. Several definitions are given: "...they are always in love with that learning … Continue reading Plato’s Republic, Book VI: The Defense of the Philosophers

It’s A Gift

It's A Gift (1934) Director: Norman McLeod A lesser known short classic starring W.C. Fields. It tells the story of the everyman struggling against his domestic circumstances -a nagging wife, disrespectful children, and a failing business. He is clumsy, crude, and all-around unlucky. He inherits some money, which he uses to buy an orange grove … Continue reading It’s A Gift