Socrates’ Teachings and My Wife’s Annoyance: A Reflection

I often annoy my wife. Of course, I annoy her for the typical reasons that any man would normally annoy his wife, but I also annoy her for another reason. When she makes a statement or indicates that we should act in a certain way, I sometimes question her or request a rationale. Often, I know I’ve gone wrong before I even utter the last word of my sentence. I often apologize, explaining that it’s an “occupational hazard”… and other times, I don’t, in which case, she knows what I’m doing and lets it go.
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Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why they Matter for a New Generation

Roosevelt Montás was a teenage Dominican immigrant in New York when he discovered a stack of books left by a neighbor on the curbside as garbage. One of them was Plato’s dialogues on the last days of Socrates, the record of the thoughts of a philosopher who chose death over falsehood. The dialogues changed him, although at the time he couldn’t explain how, and opened a window onto a world of contrasting ideas and well-reasoned wisdom.

Plato, Aristotle and Socrates Can Save Us From Culture Wars

This journalist views our ongoing national conversation about race through Plato’s eyes. The Atlantic's Thomas Chatterton Williams examines the complex relationship between the classics and identity politics, and he speaks with Walter Isaacson about racism, education, and cancel culture. Aired: 02/08/22. Rating: NR. Problems Playing Video?. | Closed Captioning.

Saving Socrates

Staff Writer Sofia Matson attended the Heyman Center for the Humanities’s discussion of Roosevelt Montás work. In his newly published Rescuing Socrates, Roosevelt Montás writes on the transformative power of the so-called “Great Books” and defends their place in modern day higher education. This Wednesday...

Socrates and "the Mine"

Elephant in the room time, folks. (How to reference George Orwell’s classic essay with a single word 101: Bang! Look it up yourself—I have a 250 word limit!) Anyhow, I’m aware there’s a thing referred to as “the mine” which arises in local conversation, and often dominates it entirely. Let’s examine this thing called “the mine”, shall we? See if we can’t grok it?

Nicholson to Judge…”What would Socrates do?”

BUCYRUS—Jason Surgener, 50, of Bucyrus, appeared in Crawford County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning for a sentencing hearing. Surgener was placed on community control in August after he pleaded guilty to one count of domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree punishable with up to 18 months in prison.
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Inaugural Socrates at Sunset event encourages students to consider societal ramifications of technology

Dozens of students gathered at Meyer Green on Thursday to debate the possibilities and pitfalls of technological solutions to social problems as a part of the first event of the Socrates at Sunset series. The event, which was co-hosted by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society and Veritas at Stanford, featured Stanford political science professor Rob Reich M.A. ’98 Ph.D. ’98.

Socrates in Cyberspace

On March 10, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic surged across the country and the world, Pace University announced that all live classroom learning would cease, and classes would switch to remote teaching as of the next day. So, on March 11, for the first time since I started teaching at Pace Law School, I sat in front of my computer, stared at the monitor containing four alternating screen shots of small rectangular images of 80 students, and taught my Constitutional Law class by Zoom. And for the next 18 months, Zoom framed my pedagogical Cyber World.

How We Can All Be More Like Socrates

Critical Race Theory. The efficacy of masks and vaccines. The security and fairness of the recent election. What do these issues all have in common? They all share that many Americans have views about these issues that are not tied to sound evidence. Another thing they all share is that many Americans don't trust the experts in these fields. This may be part of a larger trend, as Tom Nichols argues in The Death of Expertise. These are real problems in American public discourse and political life.

How to Not Fear Death, According to Socrates

Socrates didn’t fear death. Even though he met a gruesome demise (he was executed by the state for the alleged crime of corrupting Athenian youth), Socrates didn’t flee or plead before his executioner. If we are to take his beliefs and teachings—that death is an inevitability that might be good, actually—to heart, we may also find a greater acceptance in the unknown.