In this Platonic dialogue Phaedo is asked by his friend Echecrates if he was at Socrates' execution and to tell him how it happened and what Socrates did and said before it. Phaedo happily indulges him by explaining that Socrates before his execution was as talkative and philosophical as usual. Cebes and Simmias (followers of … Continue reading Phaedo by Plato, Oxford World’s Classics edition, book review
Well translated and the notes help to expand on the arguments being had in these three dialogues. The first Dialogue is Euthyphro, and concerns a young man of the same name as the dialogue, he is planning to take his father to court for murder and thinks that bringing justice by prosecuting his father is … Continue reading Defence of Socrates, Euthyphro, Crito by Plato, Oxford World’s Classics edition, book review
If we are to ponder on God’s goodness, it strikes us as unloving that Hell would be allowed for all eternity with sinners within it. This is usually put forward as a well thought out argument against the goodness of God. My aim here will be to show you that it is in fact a … Continue reading The gates of Hell are locked from within
When it comes to society and how we construct it we often run into a few issues. Primarily, the problem of politics is where rights do and do not extend; which leads to the discussion on whether taking those rights is ever right. Within modern society Liberalism is the status quo, and with that comes some essential assumptions … Continue reading God’s mistake – Liberalism and Totalitarianism
In this essay I will be discussing how action in society can be considered as individual as well as social. I'll be discussing this relation with reference to Max Weber (1864-1920) and his action theory. I'll begin by defining individual and social action, and Weber's four types of action and how they can be socially defined. I … Continue reading Individual and social action.
In this essay I will be attempting to answer the question: 'is it conceptually possible to forgive someone who does not show remorse?' Beginning this with the definition of forgiveness, pardoning, and neglect, I will then move on to an extreme example by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in his novel The Brothers Karamazov, going on to explore the possibility of forgiveness with no anger or resentment, and also … Continue reading Forgiveness with no remorse.
In this essay I will be attempting to answer the question 'Is it irrational to care differently about some happening on the basis of whether it lies in the past or in the future, and (in each case) how far?' When it comes to our past situations we certainly do care differently to how we … Continue reading The rationality of care across time.