Nalin Ranasinghe

About Nalin Ranasinghe

Nalin Ranasinghe (1960-2020) was Professor of Philosophy at Assumption College. He wrote: The Soul of Socrates, Socrates and the Gods: How to Read Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology and Crito, and Socrates in the Underworld: On Plato’s Gorgias.

American Heresies and Higher Education

By |2020-04-17T10:16:08-05:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Liberal Learning, Peter A. Lawler, Timeless Essays|

Modern higher education tacitly accepts that any values pertaining to the intangible aspects of our experience, such as the humble appreciation of beauty or a passion for justice, are not real on account of being non-quantifiable; Socratic ignorance or wonder at life’s mysteries are lost, as are the moments of silence and grace during [...]

The Theology of Socratic Piety

By |2020-03-18T18:44:00-05:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Apology, Crito, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Myth, Phaedo, Socrates, Timeless Essays|

We know that Socrates was accused of introducing new gods and of corrupting the youth. But what was Socrates’ true position concerning the gods? Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join the late Nalin Ranasinghe, as he analyzes the essence of piety as expressed in Plato’s Euthyphro. —W. [...]

American Heresies and Higher Education

By |2020-03-18T22:17:12-05:00May 4th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Featured, Liberal Learning, Peter A. Lawler|

Modern higher education tacitly accepts that any values pertaining to the intangible aspects of our experience, such as the humble appreciation of beauty or a passion for justice, are not real on account of being non-quantifiable; Socratic ignorance or wonder at life’s mysteries are lost, as are the moments of silence and grace during [...]

The Theology of Socratic Piety

By |2020-03-18T23:58:56-05:00March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Apology, Crito, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Myth, Phaedo, Socrates|

We know that Socrates was accused of introducing new gods and of corrupting the youth. But what was Socrates’ true position concerning the gods? “One Being, the only truly wise, does not and does agree to be called Zeus.” – Heraclitus This reading of the Euthyphro will grapple with the accusations of impiety leveled [...]