On the Hipparchus, or Lovers of Gain

The short dialogue, Hipparchus, is unusual. It is coupled with another short dialogue, Minos, which is the natural introduction to Plato's Laws. Hipparchus takes place at an unknown place and time, and it is a performed dialogue. Socrates confronts an unnamed "comrade" with a twofold question: What is the love of gain? And who are the lovers of … Continue reading On the Hipparchus, or Lovers of Gain

The Question of Courage in the Laches

The theme of the Laches is exoterically about the nature of courage (andreia, fortitude, endurance, strength in the face of uncertainty), but on a much closer inspection, the question at hand is of good teaching. What is a good teacher? Two men, Lysimachus and Melesias, bring their two sons to the noted Athenian warriors, Nicias and Laches. … Continue reading The Question of Courage in the Laches