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Victor Nuovo: Why read Lucretius?

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



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This essay begins a new series of philosophical reflections. Like the former, it will focus on a classical text, in this instance one from the Roman era, “De Rerum Natura” (“On the Nature of Things”), by Lucretius, or, Titus Lucretius Carus, to give him his full name. It is a great epic poem, published around the middle of the first century B.C.E., whose theme, the most universal of all, is just everything.

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Victor Nuovo: Plato grapples to define good and evil

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 16th and last in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Victor Nuovo: Why Read Plato?

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

After I had completed the 14th essay, which was supposed to be the last, I was gently reminded by a friend that I had failed to make good on my promise to explain why someone like me, who is not a Platonist and whose settled opinions about the nature of things are decidedly anti-Plato, should nevertheless find deep satisfaction and fulfillment in reading his works and writing about them.

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Victor Nuovo: Justice and happiness one last time

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

Plato’s philosophical play is complete in four acts. Act Five is an epilogue, whose theme is a question that seems constantly to recur: Is the pursuit of justice really worthwhile?

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Victor Nuovo: Revolution of the masses

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Victor Nuovo: A philosopher ponders a perfect rule

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Victor Nuovo: Enjoyment of knowledge leads to justice

Posted on November 25, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Plato: Higher ed: ascent of the soul

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

Education for Plato is all about the ascent of the soul. Higher education is its culmination, the end of a process that, we must not forget, begins with pre-natal care. In Book VII of the Republic there is a portrayal of this ascent that repeats much of what I wrote about in the previous essay. It is worth retelling.

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Victor Nuovo: Philosopher Kings

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Victor Nuovo: Plato on male and female

Posted on November 5, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of essays or reflections about “The Republic,” a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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