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Imaginary interview of Plato, Munger, New Yorker, Neiman…

Welcome to the Philosophical Cable Network. It’s Tuesday, September 23 and we have a wonderful morning conversation. Our guests are the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger, philosopher Plato, New Yorker cartoons, and, at the end of… Continue reading

23. September 2008 by Arrian
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Plato (or Socrates) the first feminist?

Folks, Hope your reading is going well. In section 451d (or page 1079 in our edition), Socrates starts a discussion about why women should have all the same jobs as men. He states clearly that gender should not be the determining factor but rather… Continue reading

15. September 2008 by Arrian
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Happy Monday – parts of the soul?

Hey folks, How are you doing this Monday. Hope you had a good weekend. There’s some really good stuff in Republic IV – so keep your reading going and look forward to it. At one point, Plato gets back to “justice in an individual.” (section 435) He… Continue reading

08. September 2008 by Arrian
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have heart, read on to some wonderful stuff in plato

folks, if you are at all discouraged by some of socrates’ rules for the republic (like the suppression of innovations in music), then have heart. read on. on page 1057 (section 425), Socrates takes an interesting turn when he states that beyond ed… Continue reading

05. September 2008 by Arrian
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Thrasymachus outline part 1

Folks, Below is my beginning of an outline of the debate with Thrasymachus. I only cover from 336c to 341c – only the first part of the debate. I’ll try to finish this outline tomorrow, Tuesday but don’t hold me to it. Outlining the debate with Th… Continue reading

01. September 2008 by Arrian
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Outline of Polemarchus justice debate

folks, here’s my quick summary, etc of the debate between Polemarchus and Socrates on justice (331d – 336c) or pages 976 to 981 in our edition. below my signature is a detailed outline that helps you follow the debate and turning points more close… Continue reading

31. August 2008 by Arrian
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take “sweet good hope” as your companion when reading Plato

folks, as you trudge through the republic, take sweet good hope as your constant companion. one of my favorite lines from the first three books is from the “introduction” where Cephalus refers to Pindar and says… “…someone who knows that he ha… Continue reading

31. August 2008 by Arrian
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Herodotus’ story retold in Plato? ROAM 3

Herodotus and Plato readers, Interesting tidbit – early in Republic II (the second book of Plato’s Republic), Plato’s character Glaucon brings up the story of Gyges of Lydia. The Gyges story starts in Herodotus 1.8 and is the famous story of Gyges… Continue reading

07. August 2008 by Arrian
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Plato, the housing crisis and probability theory

Folks, Some additional thoughts in advance of our call tonight. Why do we so often make short-sighted decisions that bring a little short-term pleasure and a lot of long-term misery? Why do we act so seemingly irrationally – i.e. against our own b… Continue reading

15. July 2008 by Arrian
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Lovin’ Phaedrus…how about you?

folks, i’m lovin’ Phaedrus – especially after you get beyond the speeches and discover that what this dialogue is about – at least in part – is the exploration of rhetoric, deception and truth (starting on page 535 in our text or section 258 parag… Continue reading

04. July 2008 by Arrian
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