Experiencing the Sacred in The Bridge of San Luis Rey

“On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below.” Thornton Wilder captures the sublime in one tragic, yet undeniably significant moment in The Bridge of San Luis Rey. The novel was first published in 1927, between the world wars, and it was … Continue reading Experiencing the Sacred in The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Case Study: Neoclassicism, “The Death of Socrates”

"The Death of Socrates" or "La Morte de Socrate" is perhaps the most famous painting from the French artistic epoch dubbed the Neoclassical period. It is an oil on canvas painting, created in 1787 by Jacques Louis David (1748-1925, pronounced "Jahk Lewie Dahveed"), one of the main artists of the "Neoclassical" style. Our initial observations … 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