Music and Mercy

Eric Genuis is a contemporary composer. Hailing from Canada, and living in Kentucky, he describes his music as “classical in form, but with a modern feel.” Judging by the notes included with this fine album, Genuis is fascinated by the Socratic notion that music is capable of ordering the passions, in accordance with reason, towardContinue reading “Music and Mercy”

Accepting the Gift of Happiness

The lawgiver shall give a blessing, They shall go from virtue to virtue: The God of gods shall be seen in Sion. Psalm 83:8 In Plato’s Gorgias, the ambitious Callicles accuses Socrates of turning human life upside down with his teaching that happiness consists in a life of virtue. To our fallen, grasping souls, itContinue reading “Accepting the Gift of Happiness”

Helping the Republic Keep its Head

If you can keep your head when all about youAre losing theirs and blaming it on you . . . Thus begin Rudyard Kipling’s familiar verses on becoming a man. We might also apply them to the increasingly difficult challenge of keeping our republic in times such as these. If this blog does not regularlyContinue reading “Helping the Republic Keep its Head”

Telling the Whole Truth about our Deepest Desires

In Plato’s Gorgias, Socrates wins a debate against the budding rhetorician Polus by calling the latter as witness against himself. Rejecting Socrates’s contention that justice is good and beautiful, Polus attempts to defend the sophisticated view that, despite its ugliness, injustice is useful in helping us to acquire whatever we desire. When pressed, Polus cannotContinue reading “Telling the Whole Truth about our Deepest Desires”