Classical Philosophy

What Was Greek Philosophy Before Socrates?

April 21, 2017

Greek philosophy is divided into the period before and after the life of Socrates. Starting with the Ionians, the earliest philosophers are now known as the “Presocratics”. The question is, what was their role in defining Western Philsophy as we know it today? […]

Classical Philosophy

Socrates, Alcibiades, and Ambition

March 4, 2017

To begin to understand Socrates, it is best to consider how Plato presents Socrates as a teacher. The most obvious place to begin is with […]

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Christianity

How Stoicism Influenced Christianity

December 14, 2016

Before Christianity there was Stoicism, an ancient Greek philosophy whose tenets—such as monotheism and belief a rational plan for the Universe—anticipated Christian theology in many ways. Philo […]

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Classical Philosophy

Mathematics and Plato’s Guardians

December 14, 2016

In Plato’s Republic, the great philosopher lays out his thoughts and prescriptions for the best way to organize society. Power, he insists, should lie with […]