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  • Aug 03 / 2017
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Tragedy and the Loss of Ethics

Oedipus and Antigone by Charles Jalabert (1842)


By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.


Ethics seem like something that would be particularly helpful when you need to make a decision. In reality, ethics quite often seem to be more of a hindrance than a help. In many situations ethics may just get in the way and complicate the path to a resolution. Continue Reading

  • Jul 27 / 2017
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Plato, Phones, and That Embarrassing Silence…

Plato (left) and Aristotle (right), a detail of The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael


By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Imagine Plato, the famous philosopher, and Socrates, his teacher, going out for a drink. After half an hour they are already running short of things to say (very difficult to imagine, but nevertheless let’s try) and an awkward silence descends over the conversation. Continue Reading

  • Jun 08 / 2017
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The Ethics of Tragedy

Antigone in front of the dead Polynices by Nikiphoros Lytras


By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Do we really need tragedy in our lives? At first the answer seems ridiculously easy. No, thank you.

Yet it seems to me that only tragedy can successfully nurture our inner ethical compass and our sense of empathetic compassion for others and for ourselves. Continue Reading

  • Feb 09 / 2017
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Sex and the Ego in Plato’s Symposium and American Psycho

A Red-Figure Plate with Eros as a youth making an offering. (c. 340–320 BC) Walters Art Museum, Baltimore


By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Why does our sexual appetite come and go? Is sex an activity that brings pleasure because it nurtures our ego? Or is it the opposite? Is sex so good because it disrupts our ego? Philosophy and psychology give two similar answers to this issue. Continue Reading

  • Dec 22 / 2015
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Why Learn Ancient Greek?

Ancient Greece


By Edward Townes, M.Sc.

We often think of the Ancient Greeks and Romans as being very similar, both being from the Classical, Iron Age, of the Mediterranean world. The reasons for studying Greek culture and language are similar to the reasons for studying the Romans and their language, Latin, but there are also a number of unique reasons why Ancient Greece is so important and why it is a worthwhile area of study in its own right. Continue Reading