Tag: Plato

  • 2023-09-08 Freedom in the Myth of Er

    In Plato's famous Myth of Er, we find a memorable image that becomes a major source of inspiration for Western thinking about freedom. In this post I argue that it encourages us to think about freedom as a kind of selection from objectively given alternatives, and that this is ultimately misleading.

  • 2019-06-27 What I Mean by Platonism

    Platonism has come to mean different things to different scholars. When I call myself a Platonist, I mean that I believe in the Forms, that I believe in real, eternal, immaterial, intelligible structures beyond the world of sense.

  • 2018-04-05 Athens and Jerusalem Talk

    I'm giving a talk at the Athens and Jerusalem Conference in Lawrenceburg KY on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The talk will be on the Platonic conception of the self as the soul, especially in the Phaedo and the Phaedrus, and how this is different from the Christian conception. Anyone interested is invited.

  • 2017-09-30 Narnian Platonism

    I just finished reading all the Narnia books to my kids and ran across this wonderful bit about Plato...