Thoughts on Iphigenia in Tauris

The title of Euripides's Iphigenia in Tauris can literally be translated as 'Iphigenia Among the Taurians'. The term Tauris is not actually a place, but it refers to the Greek word for the Crimean Peninsula (Taurike). The Iphigenia story has fascinated and horrified artists since antiquity. Several later versions of the Iphigenia story were created, including one … Continue reading Thoughts on Iphigenia in Tauris

Swing Time

Swing Time (1936) Director: George Stevens ★★★★★ Swing Time is a wonderful film, and may be Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's finest movie. Together they made ten Hollywood films, and nine of which were musicals for RKO. Six of them were the top money-makers for RKO. As Katherine Hepburn once said, "He gives her class, and … Continue reading Swing Time

Morning Glory

Morning Glory (1933) Director: Lowell Sherman "Youth has its hour of glory... but too often it's only a morning glory, the flower that fades before the sun is very high." ★★★★☆ 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. … Continue reading Morning Glory

Cratylus: Plato’s Dialogue on Language

In the character of Cratylus, we find a Platonic figure that most closely matches much of our contemporary philosophic challenge, namely the challenge posed by the Analytic philosophers. The dialogue is a dramatic piece, rather than a recounted story by either Socrates or another story-teller, of a conversation taking place between Hermogenes and Cratylus that … Continue reading Cratylus: Plato’s Dialogue on Language

Euthydemus’s Form of Relativism

Beginning at 293B in Plato's Euthydemus, Crito asks Socrates if Euthydemus was able to reveal anything to him yesterday at the Lyceum when they spoke in front a crowd of rowdy supporters of Euthydemus. Socrates exclaims that 'of course!' that Euthydemus had shown him things. Euthydemus asks Socrates whether he knows anything to which Socrates responds affirmatively … Continue reading Euthydemus’s Form of Relativism