Case Study: Neoclassicism, “The Death of Socrates”

"The Death of Socrates" or "La Morte de Socrate" is perhaps the most famous painting from a French artistic epoch dubbed the Neoclassical period. It is an oil on canvas painting, painted in 1787 by Jacques Louis David (1748-1925), one of the main creators behind the Neoclassical period. Our initial observations reveal the central action … Continue reading Case Study: Neoclassicism, “The Death of Socrates”

Thoughts on the Trial of Socrates and the Socratic Project

The Apology of Socrates is the portal by which we enter the Platonic cosmos. In it, we find the raison d'être of Socrates's life and work. Was it political? Was it philosophic? Both? Socrates gives us clues to his project in his famous defense at his trial in 399 BC. We begin first with a preliminary discussion. We … Continue reading Thoughts on the Trial of Socrates and the Socratic Project

Thoughts on the Apology of Socrates

Socrates's apologia is his defense against the city, voiced primarily by Anytus, a prominent elite Athenian, and Meletus, the writer of his accusation. Anytus is offended by Socrates's criticism of Pericles in the Meno. The opening words of Socrates's Apology are "I do not know..." What does Socrates not know? The dialogue begins with Socrates's defense, presumably shortly after … Continue reading Thoughts on the Apology of Socrates

Top Hat

Top Hat (1935)  Director: Mark Sandrich Top Hat is the most famous of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical screwball comedies. Screwball comedy was a particular type of film popular during the Great Depression until the 1940s in Hollywood, characterized by a strong and dominant female against a more effeminate man. In total, Rogers and … Continue reading Top Hat