Liberty, Prudence, Imperfection, and Law

  • "Clio, Euterpe, and Thalia," by Estache Le Sueur, Louvre Museum, Paris.

    The Laws: 660e–667a

    660e–667a Whether we’re talking about Plato’s philosophy or Christian doctrine, it is often the burden of the believer to convince the skeptic that worldly pleasure…

  • "Donald Trump in Reno, Nevada, January 2016" by Darron Birgenheier from Reno, NV, USA . Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

    “America’s Gaullist Moment?,” By Bruce Frohnen

    In 1958 France was in the midst of yet another constitutional crisis. The government could not form coherent policy due to a lack of confidence in its ministers. This at the very…

  • "Mosaic depicting theatrical masks of Tragedy and Comedy, 2nd century AD, from Rome Thermae Decianae (?), Palazzo Nuovo, Capitoline Museums," by Carole Raddato from Frankfurt, Germany. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

    The Laws: 652a–660d

    652a–660d If all that has been said so far is our only defense of drinking parties—namely, that they give us a view of the human soul in all its unclothed glory—then we…

  • "Drinking Party with a Lute Player," by Nicolas Tournier, Musee de Berry, Bourges.

    The Laws: 645d–650b

    645d–650b                                                       The Athenian Stranger has hinted that the symposium, if…

  • Frontispiece of the King James Bible, 1611

    Leviathan: III.XXXIII

    III.XXXIII If the Bible is to be our guide in understanding the nature of the Kingdom of God, then we need to be certain what it is that makes up the Bible. There has never been…

    Gallery: CC BY 4.0.

    The Laws: 667b–674c

    667b–674c Whenever we’re thinking about the proper production and usage of art, the Athenian wants us to remember that “pleasure” and “correctness” ought to be tied…

    Symposium scene by the Nicias painter. Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

    The Laws: 637a–645c

    637a–645c To quote Homer, alcohol is the “solution to all of life’s problems.” Contrary to this sage, however, Megillus lauds the Spartan law forbidding alcohol as…


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