Plato, one of the best known Greek philosophers, was a student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle. He's notable not only for his tremendous insight into philosophy, but his style as well. Instead of explaining his ideas in a long soliloquy, he used dialogue to teach. For his dialogues, he uses Socrates and what we now know as the Socratic method to extract ideas from his characters. In Plato's Republic, we take a look at what he thinks the ideal society would be. So, let's take a look at what Plato has to say about his ideal political situation.
When can we legislate an opinion? Who is to say that an opinion is a fact? The left has long called to bring the personal into politics, while also calling to keep politics away from people's private decisions. These two things cannot exist together in one's mind.
Is there a Moral Truth or is morality simply relative? How we look at the world in other fields might enlighten us on this question.
Does liberty play a role in ethical action? I believe that liberty is necessary for attaining virtue. This article explains why.
It's been great collaborating with Stephen and Bryan at @TheVMPod. Here's a great post, originally from their site (linked in comment below) for you to learn more about Courage and its modern portrayals. Read more --> The True Image of Courage
There's a problem in our society of demagoguing on policy, using the warm bodies of victims as a political club. That's not right. Today, we'll talk about how to talk about tragedies and horrific crimes with empathy.
I will take a look into the way Liberty falls into an ethical landscape. We will discuss why it's important to have Liberty to be an ethical person and why a society founded on the ideals of Liberty require an ethical population.
Learn how the breakdown in understanding of masculinity and femininity is hurting society. Then we'll discuss the Masculine God and Mother Earth. AND stay tuned till the end to learn about a Special Guest!
This is a warning to everyone in the liberty movement. People who are conservative and don't want to see the system thrown away and replaced with a libertarian utopia are said to be driving too slow, while Anarchists and Volentaryists seem to be driving too fast. The thing is, both groups have the same goals for the most part and are headed the same direction. Instead of flipping each other off on the road, it would be better to caravan and use each other's strengths to move towards liberty.
DEBATE: In light of the recent shooting, it seemed necessary to explain both the principal and philosophy behind the 2nd Amendment and the pragmatic and utilitarian arguments in favor of it.
This Ernest Hemingway book highlights a writer living an Upper Class lifestyle in Paris. There's action and fist fights as well as a good story of a broken love interest. But this is a great piece of literature and a short read. If you've read the book, let me know what you think in the comment sections. If you haven't, read it and let me know!
As you know, at the Conversation of Our Generation, we are trying to build a dialogue and discuss the ideas that affect our society, culture, politics and philosophy. As we discuss the ideas that will define our generation, it is important to look back at the foundations of thought. This book is great for understanding how the dialogue developed and how these ideas are still relevant today.
Understand better how the discussion of the Mean forebodes the differences in Eastern and Western civilizations despite coming to the same conclusions on virtue and vice.
This is a political philosophy that approaches the ideas of Libertarianism through a Conservative lense- thus preserving foundational institutions in efforts to promote Liberty.