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The Trial of Socrates: 
Plato’s Theages

WingedEros8,631 words

Author’s Note:

The following text is based on a transcript by V. S. of a lecture on Plato’s dialogue Theages. As usual, I have edited his transcript to remove excessive wordiness.

Unlike earlier transcripts in this series, I have also added new sections and rewitten others. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 81 
The Pursuit of Happiness 
Objectivity, Relativism, & Well-Being

Happiness-in-Perpetuity-Painting-by-Paul-Bond-Happiness-in-Perpetuity-Fine-Art-Prints-and-Posters-for-Sale40:01 / 150 words

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The Stones Cry Out:
Cave Art & the Origin of the Human Spirit, Part 5

Gabillou 'sorceror,' Dordogne, France3,360 words

Part 5 of 7 (other parts here)

5. Can Biology Explain Ekstasis?

I have already mentioned that scientists speculate that cave art (and religion, language, etc.) comes about as a result of some kind of genetic mutation, perhaps a “sudden, serendipitous, genetically-based brain reorganization.” Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 79 
An Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Part 2

lightincave37:04 / 166 words

Part 2 of 2

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 77 
An Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Part 1

platos-republic46:32 / 116 words

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The Trial of Socrates: 
Aristophanes’ Clouds, Part 3

Socrates_in_a_basket5,079 words

Part 3 of 3

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The following text is a transcript by V. S. of a discussion of Aristophanes’ Clouds, which took place prior to a lecture on Plato’s dialogue Theages. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 74  
The Myths of Plato, Part 2

Nicholas Roerich, "The Destruction of Atlantis," 1928-29

Nicholas Roerich, “The Destruction of Atlantis,” 1928-29

38:14 / 124 words

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The Trial of Socrates: 
Aristophanes’ Clouds, Part 2

Aristophanesportrait7,204 words

Part 2 of 3

Author’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by V. S. of part of my lecture on Aristophanes’ Clouds. As usual, I have edited this transcript to remove excessive wordiness and any factual errors. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 71  
The Myths of Plato, Part 1

Table 3 in Johnannes Kepler's Mysterium Cosmographicum, with his model illustrating the intercalation of the five regular solids between the imaginary spheres of the planets

Table 3 in Johnannes Kepler’s Mysterium Cosmographicum, with his model illustrating the intercalation of the five regular solids between the imaginary spheres of the planets

44:39 / 152 words

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In the Fall of 1999, after the completion of the class on “What Socrates Knew,” I began a nine lecture course on “The Myths of Plato: From the Creation of the World to the Sinking of Atlantis,” which dealt with the question of the relationship of philosophy and gave close readings to Plato’s Timaeus and Critias. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 68  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 10 of 10

portrait_of_plato32:49 / 334 words

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In August of 1999, I started an eight-week lecture course called “What Socrates Knew: Plato on Art, Wisdom, and Happiness.”  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 66  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 9 of 10

Close up of Socrates49:17 / 335 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 64  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 8 of 10

Plato-and-socrates-590x43331:11 / 335 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 62  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 7 of 10

socrates (1)30:08 / 395 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 60  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 6 of 10

gradiva33:37 / 361 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 59  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 5 of 10

thethreefacedhekate45:21 / 361 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 57  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 4 of 10

35.11.334:52 / 350 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 56  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 3 of 10

Plato in Nuremberg Chronicle

Plato in Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493

41:33 / 359 words

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In August of 1999, I started an eight-week lecture course called “What Socrates Knew: Plato on Art, Wisdom, and Happiness.”  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 55  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 2 of 10

Luca della Robbia, "Plato and Aristotle, or Philosophy," 1437-1439

Luca della Robbia, “Plato and Aristotle, or Philosophy,” 1437-1439

27:50 / 345 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 54  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 1 of 10

Slate_Board_School_of_Athens47:43 / 332 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 53  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Alcibiades I

Jean-Baptiste Regnault, "Socrates Tears Alcibiades from the Embrace of Sensual Pleasure," 1791.

Jean-Baptiste Regnault, “Socrates Tears Alcibiades from the Embrace of Sensual Pleasure,” 1791.

66:19 / 434 words

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This lecture on the Alcibiades I is a rather superficial overview and is shorter than the others, so it will be released in one part. The very last sentence (around 50:00 minutes) is cut off, but the gist of the missing words is that Socrates’ discussion of knowledge of ignorance aimed at shaming Alcibiades into philosophical reflection. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 52  
What Socrates Knew:
Socratic Ignorance, Eros, & the Daimonion, Part 2 of 2

socratesdrawing39:56 / 378 words

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The Trial of Socrates: 
Aristophanes’ Clouds, Part 1

Socrates: a good 5 cent cigar

Socrates: among other things, a good 5 cent cigar

6,365 words

Author’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by V. S. of the second part of my lecture on Aristophanes’ Clouds. As usual, I have edited this transcript to remove excessive wordiness and any factual errors. The quotes come from the translation of the Clouds in Four Texts on Socrates.  

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 51  
What Socrates Knew:
Socratic Ignorance, Eros, & the Daimonion, Part 1 of 2

honore-daumier-socrates-visiting-aspasia52:06 / 347 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 50  
What Socrates Knew:
Thirty Socratic Theses, Part 2 of 2

Reyer van Blommendael, "Xantippe Dousing Socrates," c. 1665

Reyer van Blommendael, “Xantippe Dousing Socrates,” c. 1665

40:49 / 811 words

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Socrates on Wisdom from Plato’s Euthydemus

socratesinconversation1,737 words

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The following text is an excerpt from Plato’s dialogue Eythydemus translated by Benjamin Jowett. Here Socrates seeks to convince Cleinias, the son of Axiochus, who is something of a “dumb jock,” and thus a tough sell, that wisdom is of paramount importance to the good life and that philosophy, as the love of wisdom, is thus the noblest of pursuits. Read more …

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The Trial of Socrates: 
Antiphon the Sophist

A third century AD papyrus attributed to the first book of On Truth (P.Oxy. XI 1364 fr. 1, cols. v-vii)

Papyrus fragment of Antiphon’s “On Truth,” 3rd century A.D.

1,922 words

Author’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by V. S. of the prefatory remarks on Antiphon the Sophist from the first part of my lecture on Aristophanes’ Clouds. As usual, I have edited this transcript to remove excessive wordiness. The quotes come from the first edition of A Presocratics Reader, ed. Patricia Curd.  

Antiphon the Sophist was a younger contemporary of Socrates. He was the author of the treatise On Truth, only fragments of which survive. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 49  
What Socrates Knew:
Thirty Socratic Theses, Part 1 of 2

socrateseng48:41 / 790 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 48  
The Trial of Socrates:
Plato’s Crito, Part 2 of 2

Jacque-Louis David, "The Death of Socrates," detail

Jacques-Louis David, “The Death of Socrates,” detail

35:07 / 428 words

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The Trial of Socrates:
The Presocratic Background to Aristophanes’ Clouds, Part 2

Lucca Signorelli, “Empedocles,” Orvieto Cathedral, 1502

Luca Signorelli, “Empedocles,” Orvieto Cathedral, 1502

6,530 words

Part 2 of 2

Author’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by V. S. of a lecture on the presocratic background of Aristophanes’ Clouds. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 47  
The Trial of Socrates:
Plato’s Crito, Part 1 of 2

Canova, "The Death of Socrates," detail: Crito closing the eyes of Socrates

Canova, “The Death of Socrates,” detail: Crito closing the eyes of Socrates

46:06 / 400 words

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