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The Dangers of Cynicism

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Jeffrey Jurgens explains how Arendt's treatment of Socrates warns us of the ways in which abridged thinking can beget cynicism. Posted on 30 March 2015 | 11:30 am

Marcus Aurelius on Thinking

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Marcus Aurelius on Thinking Posted on 13 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Søren Kierkegaard on Thinking

“A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.” -Søren Kierkegaard   Posted on 30 January 2014 | 11:31 am

Labor and Summer Vacation

“There is no lasting happiness outside the prescribed cycle of painful exhaustion and pleasurable regeneration, and whatever throws this cycle out of balance – poverty and misery where exhaustion is followed by wretchedness instead of regeneration, or great riches and an entirely effortless life where boredom takes the place of exhaustion and where the mills…Read more Labor and Summer Vacation Posted on 10 June 2013 | 12:27 pm

Do Revolutionaries Always Establish a Dictatorship?

“If it is true that all thought begins with remembrance, it is also true that no remembrance remains secure unless it is condensed and distilled into a framework of conceptual notions within which it can further exercise itself.” -Hannah Arendt, On Revolution With these words Arendt complains, in her magnificent book about the French and…Read more Do Revolutionaries Always Establish a Dictatorship? Posted on 18 March 2013 | 11:05 am

John Adams on Education

One of the great documents of American history is the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, written in 1779 by John Adams. In Section Two of Chapter Six, Adams offers one of the most eloquent testaments to the political virtues of education. He writes: Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the…Read more John Adams on Education Posted on 1 February 2013 | 11:25 am

Infinitely Intoxicating

Louis Pasteur once wrote: I see everywhere in the world, the inevitable expression of the concept of infinity…. The idea of God is nothing more than one form of the idea of infinity. So long as the mystery of the infinite weighs on the human mind, so long will temples be raised to the cult…Read more Infinitely Intoxicating Posted on 11 January 2013 | 12:38 pm