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Red Letter Philosophy

Feb 26, 2021

In this episode we continue our elucidation of beauty. We discuss Plato’s view that love then is a ladder between the ideal and the material, between God and man; evidence of another world, a higher reality.

Feb 12, 2021

Beautiful women, beautiful days, beautiful plays: The manifestations of beauty are many. But what is it that makes all beautiful things beautiful? What is the one among the many? In this episode we contemplate the nature of beauty with the help of Plato’s The Symposium.

Feb 12, 2021

Valentine's Day marks a time or season; a time for love. One of the earliest soliloquies on love comes from Socrates. In one of Plato's great dialogs, The Symposium, Socrates gathers with some friends for a dinner party - really more a drinking party. They contemplate the nature of love. In today’s episode we...