David K. O'Connor Plato for the Ambitious

Plato for the Ambitious

Dr. David O’Connor discusses Plato’s ambivalence toward political ambition in the Republic Plato expresses an ambivalent attitude about political ambition in the Republic. On the one hand, Plato invites the reader to experience the excitement of making real changes in the world that can make people’s lives better. On the other hand, this spirit of reform … Continue reading Plato for the Ambitious

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Guiseppe Girgenti Plato's Ascension to the Idea of Beauty

Plato’s Ascension to the Idea of Beauty

Dr. Giuseppe Girgenti talks about the cognitive “ladder” by which Plato believes we come to know Beauty It is easy to believe that beauty is connected with matter. On the contrary, Plato sees beauty as precisely an idea or form informing matter. Thus, we see for example that the beauty of a clay statue derives primarily … Continue reading Plato’s Ascension to the Idea of Beauty

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Plato and Aristotle Among the Theologians Dr. Guiseppe Girgenti

Plato and Aristotle Among the Theologians

In this short video, Dr. Giuseppe Girgenti talks about the theological insights of Plato and Aristotle. When we hear the term theology, we immediately think about the theological sciences based on faith traditions and their holy texts. This association is unwarranted. “Theology,” which is a Greek term meaning “discussion about God,” is used for the first … Continue reading Plato and Aristotle Among the Theologians

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The “Apology” (of Socrates) is the most famous dialogue written by Plato. It is one of the main historical sources of Socrates’ life and thought because, as is well known, Socrates has never written anything. The dialogue tells the story of the trial to Socrates and his condemnation to death. Socrates was accused of moral corruption … Continue reading Apology

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Erotic Mirror

The Erotic Mirror

In this short video Dr. David O’Connor talks about the Erotic Mirror in the Phaedrus. Plato offers an extraordinary image of the nature of erotic love in the Phaedrus. How do you know that you are beautiful? You know it because of the way in which your lover looks at you. There is a risk of … Continue reading The Erotic Mirror

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The Procreative Man

In this short video Dr. David O’Connor talks about Plato, Paul VI and Procreation. The Procreative Man. There is an interesting insight that both Paul VI and Plato grasped about the human being in their respective works, the Humanae Vitae and the Symposium. This insight has to do with the power to procreate, which defines what … Continue reading The Procreative Man

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Horses and Moral Life

By Fulvio Di Blasi

Do you remember the Platonic myth narrated in the Phaedrus of the charioteer and the winged horses? The myth, as a whole, is conceived as a representation of the soul. The charioteer is the reason, the logos, which must lead the chariot upward, where dwell the gods. The horses represent the lower parts of the … Continue reading Horses and Moral Life

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Homer Giuseppe Girgenti

Class 1: The Meaning of Soul from Homer to Plato

Philosophy of the Human Being Course on: “From Homer to the Early Church Fathers: The Ancients on the Soul and the Mind-Body Problem“ Taught by Dr. Giuseppe Girgenti CLASS 1: THE MEANING OF SOUL FROM HOMER TO PLATO Giuseppe Girgenti is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan.

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

In this lecture, Dr. Jonhatan Culp talks about “Plato’s Allegory of the Cave” Plato’s allegory of the cave in Book 6 of the Republic is one of the most well-known pieces of writing in the history of philosophy, yet it is difficult to understand.  Some readers see it primarily as an allegory depicting the ways … Continue reading Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

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Concupiscence Fulvio Di Blasi


Theology Course: “Foundations of the Catholic Faith” Taught by Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi CLASS 14: CONCUPISCENCE The term “concupiscence” indicates a strong or intense desire. In the Western philosophical tradition, concupiscence is an essential component of the anthropological and ethical structure of the human being. We find it in Plato (in the Phaedrus) in the … Continue reading Concupiscence

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