Phaedo

Soul, World, and Idea: Interpreting Plato

By |2019-10-14T12:30:22-06:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Books, E.B., Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Phaedo, Philosophy, Plato, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

“To save the phenomena” of heavenly motions by undergirding them with rational, that is, mathematical, hypotheses—that is said to be the problem Plato set for astronomers in a passage from the “Republic” frequently referenced by Daniel Sherman. His own project is, as I understand it, the inverse one: to save the Platonic ideas by [...]

The Theology of Socratic Piety

By |2018-12-18T14:52:31-06:00March 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 Imitation of Heroes

By |2016-04-07T10:38:06-06:00March 14th, 2016|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Classical Education, Classics, Featured, Liberal Learning, Phaedo, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Christopher Nelson as he considers whom we should hold as heroes, worthy of emulation. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Imitation, like so many time-tested educational activities, took a big hit during the twentieth century. The history of the desire to create autonomously [...]

Soul, World, and Idea: Interpreting Plato

By |2018-11-21T08:39:02-06:00December 29th, 2015|Categories: Books, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Phaedo, Philosophy, Plato, St. John's College|

Soul, World, and Idea: An Interpretation of Plato’s Republic and Phaedo by Daniel Sherman. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013) “To save the phenomena” of heavenly motions by undergirding them with rational, that is, mathematical, hypotheses—that is said to be the problem Plato set for astronomers in a passage from the Republic frequently referenced by [...]

“Plato’s Theory of Ideas”

By |2018-11-21T08:39:07-06:00September 1st, 2015|Categories: Aristotle, E.B., Eva Brann, Jacob Klein, Phaedo, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College|

My subject, as proposed, is “Plato’s Theory of Ideas.” Whether that subject actually interests you, or you think that it ought to interest you, you will, I imagine, regard it as a respectable topic. And yet I have to tell you that every term in the project is wrong-headed. Let me therefore begin by [...]

The Imitation of Heroes

By |2019-09-05T12:55:51-06:00July 28th, 2014|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Classical Education, Classics, Liberal Learning, Phaedo, Socrates, St. John's College|

Imitation, like so many time-tested educational activities, took a big hit during the twentieth century. The history of the desire to create autonomously is long, but early in the last century, this desire became an out-and-out obsession. The mania for originality and novelty spread itself far and wide—and it hasn’t loosened its hold yet. [...]

The Trials and Death of Socrates

By |2017-01-26T14:37:39-06:00April 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 [...]