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Wittgenstein and the ritual

“Only describe, don’t explain” Ludwig Wittgenstein Sir James George Frazer’s Golden Bough is an anthropological comparative study of mythologies and religions, in which he examines primitive peoples of Europe relating to mythologies from all over the world. In his text Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, Wittgenstein turns against Frazer’s interpretation …

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Use of myth in Plato’s Symposium

This is a chapter from my book, Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life Symposium, part five – Agathon’s encomium and Socrates’ comments “To be in love is merely to be in a perpetual anesthesia – to mistake an ordinary young man for a Greek god or an ordinary young …

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Socrates on death

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life “What all of us deeply want is not to do something, but to be something.” A.E. Taylor, Plato – The man and his work When Socrates’ execution was certain and impending, and after he bid his …

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Socrates, the laws and the power of the state

This is a chapter from my book, Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life “Their teacher is a prisoner of himself, and the only act of ‘freedom’ he recognizes is embracing death. Will they succeed in convincing him to escape from himself?” Kostis Papagiorgis, Socrates – the lawgiver that kills …

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The invention of Utopia and its self-confutation

“More must be looked upon rather as the last of the old than the first of the new” William Morris, foreword to ‘Utopia’ The presentation of a realistic depiction of an ideal world by Thomas More gave birth to a new literary genre, the “utopian”. Drawing from Plato’s Republic and …

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Homosexuality in the Platonic myth

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life Symposium, part four – Aristophanes’ encomium “To be perfect, you have to feel perfect about yourself – avoid trying to be something you’re not” Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero After the shallow and pseudoscientific speech by …

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The deceitful fascination of daydreaming love

This is a chapter from my book Socrates – moral philosophy in everyday life Symposium, part three – Eryximachus’ encomium “A heart that loves stays young forever” Greek saying In Plato’s Symposium, one after one the symposiasts make a speech praising love. Pausanias (third in line) finishes his encomium having …

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How to win any argument

We will try here to find techniques to help us win any disagreement we may find ourselves in and get out of a tight spot when we lack the knowledge or the ability to support our views, or to save face when we realize that our opponent is superior in …

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