The Lie of the Open Society

By |2019-03-16T10:19:41-05:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Apology, Conservatism, Crito, Featured, Free Speech, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Plato, Willmoore Kendall|

II John Locke The related problems of “the public orthodoxy” and “the open society” were major concerns of  Willmoore Kendall throughout his professional career. In his reappraisal of John Locke in 1941, Kendall’s Locke emerged as an exponent of the public orthodoxy as expressed through the majority. As Kendall sees it, in Lockean thought, “In [...]

The Theology of Socratic Piety

By |2018-12-18T14:52:31-05:00March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Apology, Crito, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Myth, Phaedo, Socrates|

“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 against Socrates. It will set out to answer certain basic questions about Socratic piety that arise and are not satisfied by repeated readings of [...]

The Trials and Death of Socrates

By |2017-01-26T14:37:39-05:00April 17th, 2012|Categories: Apology, Christopher B. Nelson, Classics, Crito, Liberal Learning, Phaedo, Socrates, St. John's College|

I am grateful for the opportunity to have reflected on the life of Socrates as I wrote this evening’s lecture. Of course, it’s not every life that is told through the story of its death, but I think this is particularly appropriate in the case of Socrates. I am speaking now only of the [...]